- The definition of chance is accidental or not expected or planned.
An example of chance is to unexpectedly encounter an old friend at an airport in a country in which you are traveling on vacation.
- Chance is defined as happening by unexplainable reasons, luck, a risk, or the likelihood of something happening.
- An example of chance is winning the lottery.
- An example of chance is taking the risk that you won't be infected by a disease to which you are exposed.
- An example of chance is a nine out of ten opportunity that someone is going to win an election.
- Chance means to happen by luck or fortune.
An example of chance is to find an expensive piece of jewelry while hiking in the woods.
Lottery is a game of chance.
You really don't have much chance of winning the lottery.
- the happening of events without apparent cause, or the apparent absence of cause or design; fortuity; luck: to leave things to chance
- an unpredictable event or accidental happening
- a risk or gamble
- a ticket in a lottery or raffle
- an advantageous or opportune time or occasion; opportunity: you'll have a chance to go
- a possibility or probability: there is little chance of success; what are their chances of winning?
- Archaic a mishap; mischance
- ☆ Baseball an opportunity to field a ball on which a fielder is credited with a putout or assist, or charged with an error
Origin of chanceMiddle English chaunce ; from Old French cheance ; from Vulgar Latin cadentia, that which falls out ; from Classical Latin cadens, present participle of cadere, to fall: see case
intransitive verbchanced, chancing
- to have the fortune, good or bad: I chanced to see them
- to happen by chance
- as it may happen; perchance
chance onor chance upon
(the) chances are
on the (off) chance
take one's chances
- a. The unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause.b. A force assumed to cause events that cannot be foreseen or controlled; luck: Chance will determine the outcome.
- often chances The likelihood of something happening; possibility or probability: Chances are good that you will win. Is there any chance of rain?
- An accidental or unpredictable event.
- A favorable set of circumstances; an opportunity: a chance to escape.
- A risk or hazard; a gamble: took a chance that the ice would hold me.
- Games A raffle or lottery ticket.
- Baseball An opportunity to make a putout or an assist that counts as an error if unsuccessful.
transitive verbchanced chanced, chanc·ing, chanc·es
- To take the risk or hazard of: We thought we could jump over the puddle, but we were not willing to chance it.
- To have the fortune (to be or do something); happen: “My eye chanced to fall on the wizened houseplant on the windowsill” (Elisabeth Brink).
- Used with the impersonal subject it and a following clause or infinitive to indicate the occurrence of a usually unexpected or chance event: “Now it chanced that this car-line was owned by gentlemen who were trying to make money” (Upton Sinclair).
Origin of chanceMiddle English, unexpected event, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, from Latin cadēns, cadent-, present participle of cadere, to fall, befall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
See also gambling.casualism the doctrine that events are ruled by chance. casualty a chance happening. See also injury. consilience a chance happening or coincidence. See also agreement. fortuitism the doctrine that chance is involved in natural events rather than absolute determinism. See also evolution. —fortuist, n. fortuity a chance event, discovery, or occurrence. —fortuitousness, n. —fortuitous, adj. lubricity the condition of being uncertain or unstable. —lubricious, adj. serendipity a talent for making fortunate discoveries while searching for other things. —serendipitous, adj.
(third-person singular simple present chances, present participle chancing, simple past and past participle chanced)
- A male given name, an American pet form of Chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.