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Meaning & Definition of Chance in English





1. A possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

  • "The holiday gave us the opportunity to visit washington"
  • "Now is your chance"
  • opportunity,
  • chance

2. An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

  • "Bad luck caused his downfall"
  • "We ran into each other by pure chance"
  • luck,
  • fortune,
  • chance,
  • hazard

3. A risk involving danger

  • "You take a chance when you let her drive"
  • chance

4. A measure of how likely it is that some event will occur

  • A number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible
  • "The probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"
  • probability,
  • chance

5. The possibility of future success

  • "His prospects as a writer are excellent"
  • prospect,
  • chance


1. Be the case by chance

  • "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"
  • chance

2. Take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

  • "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
  • gamble,
  • chance,
  • risk,
  • hazard,
  • take chances,
  • adventure,
  • run a risk,
  • take a chance

3. Come upon, as if by accident

  • Meet with
  • "We find this idea in plato"
  • "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"
  • "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
  • find,
  • happen,
  • chance,
  • bump,
  • encounter


1. Occurring or appearing or singled out by chance

  • "Seek help from casual passers-by"
  • "A casual meeting"
  • "A chance occurrence"
  • casual,
  • chance(a)

Examples of using

Tom thinks there's a good chance that Mary will say yes.
Personally, I don't think Tom has a chance of winning.
There is a high chance of precipitation.