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noun \ˈchan(t)s\

Simple Definition of chance

  • : an opportunity to do something : an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done

  • : the possibility that something will happen

  • : the way that events happen when they are not planned or controlled by people

Full Definition of chance

  1. 1 a :  something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause b :  the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings :  luck <an outcome decided by chance> c :  the fortuitous or incalculable element in existence :  contingency

  2. 2 :  a situation favoring some purpose :  opportunity <needed a chance to relax>

  3. 3 :  a fielding opportunity in baseball

  4. 4 a :  the possibility of a particular outcome in an uncertain situation; also :  the degree of likelihood of such an outcome <a small chance of success> b plural :  the more likely indications <chances are he's already gone>

  5. 5 a :  risk <not taking any chances> b :  a raffle ticket

chance adjective
by chance
  1. :  in the haphazard course of events <they met by chance>

Examples of chance

  1. This is the chance of a lifetime!

  2. Everyone deserves a fair chance of winning the award.

  3. If you give me a chance, I know I can do a good job.

  4. We didn't have much chance to talk about it.

  5. There's a good chance that we'll finish on time.

  6. If you are free tonight, is there any chance you could join me for dinner?

  7. Which cards you're given is simply a matter of chance.

Origin of chance

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *cadentia fall, from Latin cadent-, cadens, present participle of cadere to fall; perhaps akin to Sanskrit śad- to fall off

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with chance




Simple Definition of chance

  • : to accept the danger of (doing something)

Full Definition of chance


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to take place, come about, or turn out by chance :  happen <it chanced to rain that day> b :  to have the good or bad luck <we chanced to meet>

  3. 2 :  to come or light by chance <they chanced upon a remote inn>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to leave the outcome of to chance

  6. 2 :  to accept the hazard of :  risk <knew the trip was dangerous but decided to chance it>

chance one's arm
  1. British :  to take a risk

Examples of chance

  1. He couldn't chance playing with a broken toe.

  2. <I don't think we should chance driving in this snowstorm.>

14th Century

First Known Use of chance

14th century

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