Lottery is a game of chance.
You really don't have much chance of winning the lottery.
- 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.
- 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
- [often pl.] 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 is 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, chanc′ing
- to have the fortune, good or bad: I chanced to see them on my walk
- to happen by chance: it chanced to snow the day we arrived
- as it may happen; perchance
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: “He sprang to his feet and turned to run. At the same moment by a lucky chance the moon broke through the clouds” ( Arthur Conan Doyle )
- 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, 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.