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Meaning & Definition of Chance in English

English

Chance

/ʧæns/

noun

1. A possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

  • "The holiday gave us the opportunity to visit washington"
  • "Now is your chance"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • luck
  • ,
  • fortune
  • ,
  • chance
  • ,
  • hazard

3. A risk involving danger

  • "You take a chance when you let her drive"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • probability
  • ,
  • chance

5. The possibility of future success

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

verb

1. Be the case by chance

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

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

  • "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • find
  • ,
  • happen
  • ,
  • chance
  • ,
  • bump
  • ,
  • encounter

adjective

1. Occurring or appearing or singled out by chance

  • "Seek help from casual passers-by"
  • "A casual meeting"
  • "A chance occurrence"
    synonym:
  • 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.