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 chance chance

noun

  • () a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances  ( chance, opportunity )
    a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
     the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington
    the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington
     now is your chance
    now is your chance
  • () an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another  ( hazard, fortune, luck, chance )
    an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
     bad luck caused his downfall
    bad luck caused his downfall
     we ran into each other by pure chance
    we ran into each other by pure chance
  • () a risk involving danger  ( chance )
    a risk involving danger
     you take a chance when you let her drive
    you take a chance when you let her drive
  • () 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  ( chance, probability )
    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
    the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5
     if that phone call is for me, chances are it's my wife
    if that phone call is for me, chances are it's my wife
  • the possibility of future success  ( chance, prospect )
    the possibility of future success
     his prospects as a writer are excellent
    his prospects as a writer are excellent
  • adj

  • () occurring or appearing or singled out by chance  ( casual, chance )
    occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
     seek help from casual passers-by
    seek help from casual passers-by
     a casual meeting
    a casual meeting
     a chance occurrence
    a chance occurrence
  • verb

  • () be the case by chance  ( chance )
    be the case by chance
     I chanced to meet my old friend in the street
    I chanced to meet my old friend in the street
  • () take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome  ( hazard, adventure, chance, take chances, gamble, risk, take a chance, run a risk )
    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
     When you buy these stocks you are gambling
    When you buy these stocks you are gambling
  • come upon, as if by accident; meet with  ( chance, happen, bump, encounter, find )
    come upon, as if by accident; meet with
     We find this idea in Plato
    We find this idea in Plato
     I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here
    I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here
     She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day
    She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day