This is the chance of a lifetime!
Everyone deserves a fair chance of winning the award.
If you give me a chance, I know I can do a good job.
We didn't have much chance to talk about it.
There's a good chance that we'll finish on time.
If you are free tonight, is there any chance you could join me for dinner?
Which cards you're given is simply a matter of chance. Verb
He couldn't chance playing with a broken toe.
I don't think we should chance driving in this snowstorm. See More
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Bloomberg Binance’s plea deal Binance is getting a chance to live and fight another day, following a $4.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice.—Peter Vanham, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 Don’t miss out on the chance to grab these must-have items and make your Cyber Weekend shopping spree a resounding success.—Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2023 By chance, Jan Jeucken, an amateur bat enthusiast and co-author of the new paper, had been observing a group of serotine bats that gathered in the attic of a church in the Netherlands.—Lori Youmshajekian, Scientific American, 21 Nov. 2023 Its contestants were folks desperate enough to gamble their lives for the chance at a big payday.—Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 Making customers work a little harder for deals increases the chances that only price-sensitive consumers collect, thereby helping to protect a company’s margins, Neslin said.—Katie Deighton, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 Many companies ship gift baskets only on certain days at the beginning of the week, so that there’s less of a chance of a weekend delay.—Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 21 Nov. 2023 Meantime, the college football’s coming playoff expansion will improve his chances of winning the national title.—Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2023 Houston’s last chance, fittingly, was a half-court heave from Brooks that would’ve stolen the game.—Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023
That's because farmers don't leave anything to chance.—Katherine Bourzac, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2023 Of course, the company isn’t leaving anything to chance.—Brian Steinberg, Variety, 19 Sep. 2023 Steve and Kristi, the parents of Kaylee Goncalves, haven't left anything to chance.—Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2023 Against Penn State, no one in Bedford’s room was going to leave anything to chance.—Nick Baumgardner and Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press, 28 Aug. 2023 The 60-mile stretch of jungle, infested with snakes and prowled by criminals, is so deadly that few people ever chanced it.—Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 Though the shark and crocodile of legend went their separate ways, their modern-day real-life counterparts still sometimes chance to meet.—Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 27 July 2023 Related One of the most recognizable and celebrated stars on the planet, Shakira is also notoriously meticulous, a perfectionist known for leaving little to chance.—Leila Cobo, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2023 Most smaller towns lack clinics, so many patients commute to Alaska’s capital city, chancing ferry and plane cancellations while racking up expensive travel fees.—First National Bank Alaska, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English chaunce, chance "occurrence (especially unforeseen or providential), stroke of good or bad luck, luck, fall of the dice," borrowed from Anglo-French cheaunce, chaunce, chance, going back to Vulgar Latin *cadentia, noun derivative (formally feminine singular from neuter plural) of Latin cadent-, cadens, present participle of cadere "to fall, be cast (of dice, lots), turn out, come to pass," perhaps going back to an Indo-European verbal base *ḱad- or *ḱHd- "fall," whence also Sanskrit śaśāda "(s/he) fell off/out," śatsyati "(s/he) will fall off/out"
Middle English chancen, chaunsen, verbal derivative of chance, chauncechance entry 1