chance: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (chans, chäns), [key]
— n., v., adj. chanced, chanc•ing,
- the absence of any cause of events that can be predicted, understood, or controlled: often personified or treated as a positive agency: Chance governs all.
- luck or fortune: a game of chance.
- a possibility or probability of anything happening: a fifty-percent chance of success.
- an opportune or favorable time; opportunity: Now is your chance.
- an opportunity to field the ball and make a put-out or assist.
- a risk or hazard: Take a chance.
- a share or ticket in a lottery or prize drawing: The charity is selling chances for a dollar each.
- probability: The chances are that the train hasn't left yet.
- a quantity or number (usually fol. by of&hasp;).
- an unfortunate event; mishap.
- without plan or intent; accidentally: I met her again by chance in a department store in Paris.
- in the mild hope or against the possibility: I'll wait on the chance that she'll come.
- in the very slight hope or against the very slight possibility.
- to happen or occur by chance: It chanced that our arrivals coincided.
- to take the chances or risks of; risk (often fol. by impersonal it): I'll have to chance it, whatever the outcome.
- to come upon by chance; meet unexpectedly: She chanced on a rare kind of mushroom during her walk through the woods.
- not planned or expected; accidental: a chance occurrence.
- chance (Thesaurus)