An example of chance is to find an expensive piece of jewelry while hiking in the woods.
An example of chance is to unexpectedly encounter an old friend at an airport in a country in which you are traveling on vacation.
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.
A chance to escape.
Chances are good that you will win. Is there any chance of rain?
Took a chance that the ice would hold me.
A chance encounter; a chance result.
We thought we could jump over the puddle, but we were not willing to chance it.
To leave things to chance.
You'll have a chance to go.
There is little chance of success; what are their chances of winning?
A chance encounter.
I chanced to see them on my walk.
It chanced to snow the day we arrived.
Let's chance it.
- Without plan; accidentally:.They met by chance on a plane.
- Possibly; perchance:.Is he, by chance, her brother?.
- In the slight hope or possibility.
- As it may happen; perchance.
- To find or meet by chance.
- The likelihood is.chances are she will visit today.
- Relying on the (remote) possibility; in case.
- To accept the uncertain outcome as of a course of action.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of chance
- Middle English unexpected event from Old French from Vulgar Latin cadentia from Latin cadēns cadent- present participle of cadere to fall, befall kad- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition