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chance upon

Definition of chance upon

formal

  1. :  to find (something) or meet (someone) by chance <She chanced upon an original copy of the book in her grandfather's attic.> <I chanced on an article in the paper about that just the other day.> <I was shopping in a rare book store when I chanced on a friend I had not seen in years.>



Variants of chance upon

also

chance on

Word by Word Definitions

chanceplay
  1. :  something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause

    :  the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings :  luck

    :  the fortuitous or incalculable element in existence :  contingency

  1. :  to take place, come about, or turn out by chance :  happen

    :  to have the good or bad luck

    :  to come or light by chance

uponplay
  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon


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