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Definitions of chance

  1. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; " their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship"; " seek help from casual passers- by"; " a casual meeting"; " a chance occurrence"
  2. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; " When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
  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"
  4. be the case by chance; " I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"
  5. a risk involving danger; " you take a chance when you let her drive"
  6. a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; " what is the probability of rain?"; " we have a good chance of winning"
  7. 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"
  8. a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; " the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; " now is your chance"
  9. The operation or activity of such agent.
  10. The supposed effect of such an agent; something that befalls, as the result of unknown or unconsidered forces; the issue of uncertain conditions; an event not calculated upon; an unexpected occurrence; a happening; accident; fortuity; casualty.
  11. Probability.
  12. To happen, come, or arrive, without design or expectation.
  13. To befall; to happen to.
  14. Happening by chance; casual.
  15. By chance; perchance.
  16. To happen.
  17. A supposed material or psychical agent or mode of activity other than a force, law, or purpose; fortune; fate; - in this sense often personified.
  18. A possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity; - with reference to a doubtful result; as, a chance to escape; a chance for life; the chances are all against him.
  19. To take the chances of; to venture upon; - usually with it as object.
  20. An unforeseen event; an accident; a possibility; opportunity; risk.
  21. To happen; occur without design or expectation.
  22. To risk; with it.
  23. That which falls out or happens: an unexpected event: risk: opportunity: possibility of something happening.
  24. To risk.
  25. Happening by chance.
  26. An unforeseen event; risk; opportunity; possibility.
  27. To come unexpectedly ( on or upon).
  28. Occurring by chance; casual.
  29. Fortune; luck; accident; opportunity; contingency; possibility; probability.
  30. That which happens without being contrived, intended, or foreseen; accident; risk; possibility; opportunity.
  31. An unforeseen event; accident; what fortune may bring; an opportunity.
  32. To happen; to occur without design; to risk.
  33. Casual.
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Usage examples for chance

  1. I wouldn't have no chance!" – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand
  2. " Stay here and wait for a chance to help if we see it," said Rob. – The Boy Scouts On The Range by Lieut. Howard Payson
  3. I'm so glad I have the chance to go with you. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  4. An' sure, it's meself is wishin' thot we get a chance at the ridcoats before very long. – The Dare Boys of 1776 by Stephen Angus Cox
  5. I was going to give him a chance. – Laramie Holds the Range by Frank H. Spearman
  6. We'll come down, and glad we are of the chance. – Lost in the Cañon by Alfred R. Calhoun
  7. But do you take care to let me have him if there's a chance. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  8. No: I'll give you another chance." – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  9. " Eleanor, why won't you give yourself a chance? – Betty Wales Freshman by Edith K. Dunton
  10. Give yourself a chance if you do. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  11. Cost me what it may, Nichol must have his chance. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  12. I don't think I should have the- The chance? – The Happiest Time of Their Lives by Alice Duer Miller
  13. Take a chance, man. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  14. Would, then, that all men might be little men, since in My Father's presence they might have a better chance of standing high. – A Second Coming by Richard Marsh
  15. I don't know how you will take it, but I'll chance it just the same. – The Firefly Of France by Marion Polk Angellotti
  16. Is it the only chance? – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  17. He said he'd wait for a chance to pay me back. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  18. I mean to ask her the first chance I get. – Masterpieces Of American Wit And Humor by Thomas L. Masson (Editor)
  19. I hope the others will give us a chance before we leave. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  20. It's the only chance for you, for all of us. – The Sargasso of Space by Edmond Hamilton
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