Chance - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʃæns|  American pronunciation of the word chance
Brit.  |tʃɑːns|  British pronunciation of the word chance


- a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances(syn: opportunity)
- an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another(syn: fortune, hazard, luck)
- a risk involving danger
- 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(syn: probability)
- the possibility of future success (syn: prospect)


- be the case by chance
- take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome (syn: adventure, gamble, hazard, risk)
- come upon, as if by accident; meet with(syn: bump, encounter, find, happen)


- occurring or appearing or singled out by chance(syn: casual)


This is the chance of a lifetime!

Everyone deserves a fair chance of winning the award.

If you give me a chance, I know I can do a good job.

We didn't have much chance to talk about it.

There's a good chance that we'll finish on time.

If you are free tonight, is there any chance you could join me for dinner?

Which cards you're given is simply a matter of chance.

He couldn't chance playing with a broken toe.

...I don't think we should chance driving in this snowstorm....

I chanced upon this old photograph in the back of the drawer.

There's always the chance that something will go wrong.

She has a good chance of a successful recovery.

There is little chance of her being found alive.

The day will be cloudy with a slight chance of rain later tonight.

He gave the show a fifty-fifty chance of survival.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: chance
he/she/it: chances
present participle: chancing
past tense: chanced
past participle: chanced
singular: chance
plural: chances
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