Chance definition

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An advantageous or opportune time or occasion; opportunity.

You'll have a chance to go.

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(baseball) An opportunity to field a ball on which a fielder is credited with a putout or assist, or is charged with an error.
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A possibility or probability.

There is little chance of success; what are their chances of winning?

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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.

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A risk or hazard; a gamble.

Took a chance that the ice would hold me.

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To try or risk.

Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance a rainstorm?

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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.

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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.

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(baseball) An opportunity to make a putout or an assist that counts as an error if unsuccessful.
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The unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause.
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A force assumed to cause events that cannot be foreseen or controlled; luck.

Chance will determine the outcome.

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(countable) An opportunity or possibility.

We had the chance to meet the president last week.

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(uncountable) Random occurrence; luck.

Why leave it to chance when a few simple steps will secure the desired outcome?

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(countable) The probability of something happening.

There is a 30% chance of rain tomorrow.

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(archaic, intransitive) To happen by chance, to occur.

It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.

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(archaic) To befall; to happen to.

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To discover something by chance.

He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.

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(rare) Happening by chance, casual.
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A male given name, an American pet form of Chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.
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Happening by chance; accidental.

A chance encounter.

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(games) A raffle or lottery ticket.
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A favorable set of circumstances; an opportunity.

A chance to escape.

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Caused by or ascribable to chance; unexpected, random, or casual.

A chance encounter; a chance result.

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To take the risk or hazard of.

We thought we could jump over the puddle, but we were not willing to chance it.

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To have the fortune (to be or do something); happen.
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Used with the impersonal subject it and a following clause or infinitive to indicate the occurrence of a usually unexpected or chance event.
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The happening of events without apparent cause, or the apparent absence of cause or design; fortuity; luck.

To leave things to chance.

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An unpredictable event or accidental happening.
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A risk or gamble.
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A ticket in a lottery or raffle.
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(archaic) A mishap; mischance.
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To have the fortune, good or bad.

I chanced to see them on my walk.

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To happen by chance.

It chanced to snow the day we arrived.

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To leave to chance; risk.

Let's chance it.

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The likelihood of something happening; possibility or probability.

Chances are good that you will win. Is there any chance of rain?

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An accidental or unpredictable event.
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by chance
  • Without plan; accidentally:
    They met by chance on a plane.
  • Possibly; perchance:
    Is he, by chance, her brother?.
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on the off chance
  • In the slight hope or possibility.
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by chance
  • as it may happen; perchance
  • accidentally
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chance on
  • to find or meet by chance
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the chances are
  • the likelihood is
    chances are she will visit today.
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on the (off) chance
  • relying on the (remote) possibility; in case
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take one's chances
  • to accept the uncertain outcome as of a course of action
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chance
Plural:
chances

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

chance on
the chances are
take one's chances

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

  • From Old French cheance (“accident, chance, luck”), from Vulgar Latin cadentia (“falling”), from Latin cadō (“I fall, I die”). See also cadence, from the same Latin root.

    From Wiktionary