chance: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (chans, chäns), [key]
— n., v., adj. chanced, chanc•ing,
  1. 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.
  2. luck or fortune: a game of chance.
  3. a possibility or probability of anything happening: a fifty-percent chance of success.
  4. an opportune or favorable time; opportunity: Now is your chance.
  5. an opportunity to field the ball and make a put-out or assist.
  6. a risk or hazard: Take a chance.
  7. a share or ticket in a lottery or prize drawing: The charity is selling chances for a dollar each.
  8. probability: The chances are that the train hasn't left yet.
  9. a quantity or number (usually fol. by of&hasp;).
  10. an unfortunate event; mishap.
  11. without plan or intent; accidentally: I met her again by chance in a department store in Paris.
  12. in the mild hope or against the possibility: I'll wait on the chance that she'll come.
  13. in the very slight hope or against the very slight possibility.
  1. to happen or occur by chance: It chanced that our arrivals coincided.
  1. to take the chances or risks of; risk (often fol. by impersonal it): I'll have to chance it, whatever the outcome.
  2. to come upon by chance; meet unexpectedly: She chanced on a rare kind of mushroom during her walk through the woods.
  1. not planned or expected; accidental: a chance occurrence.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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