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chance

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noun \ˈchan(t)s\

Definition of chance

  1. 1a :  something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause Which cards you are dealt is simply a matter of chance.b :  the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings :  luck an outcome decided by chancec :  the fortuitous or incalculable element in existence :  contingency … you surely have endured strange chances … — Alfred Tennyson

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

  3. 3 :  a fielding opportunity in baseball

  4. 4a :  the possibility of a particular outcome in an uncertain situation What chance has he of pulling through?; also :  the degree of likelihood of such an outcome a small chance of successb chances plural :  the more likely indications chances are he's already gone

  5. 5a :  risk not taking any chancesb :  a raffle ticket

chance

adjective

by chance

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

Examples of chance in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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chance

verb

Definition of chance

chanced

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chancing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to take place, come about, or turn out by chance :  happen it chanced to rain that dayb :  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 in a sentence

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

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

Origin and Etymology of chance

see 1chance


First Known Use: 14th century


CHANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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chance

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noun \ˈchan(t)s\

Definition of chance for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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chance

verb

Definition of chance for English Language Learners

  • : to accept the danger of (doing something)


CHANCE Defined for Kids

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chance

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noun \ˈchans\

Definition of chance for Students

  1. 1 :  the happening of events that is not planned or controlled They met by chance.

  2. 2 :  opportunity 1 I had a chance to travel.

  3. 3 :  1risk 1, gamble take chances

  4. 4 :  the possibility that something will happen There's a slight chance of rain.

  5. 5 :  a ticket in a raffle He bought five chances.


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chance

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verb

Definition of chance for Students

chanced

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chancing

  1. 1 :  to take place without planning :  to happen by luck “I merely chanced to overhear Mr. McGrath remark that he was starting it …” — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill

  2. 2 :  to find or meet unexpectedly I chanced on a bargain.

  3. 3 :  to accept the danger of :  risk He couldn't chance another injury.


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chance

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adjective

Definition of chance for Students

  1. :  happening without being planned a chance meeting



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