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chance meaning and definition

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Definition of chance (noun)

  1. a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
    • "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"
    • synonyms: opportunity
  2. 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"
    • synonyms: fortune, hazard, luck
  3. a risk involving danger
    • "you take a chance when you let her drive"
  4. 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"
    • synonyms: probability
  5. the possibility of future success
    • "his prospects as a writer are excellent"
    • synonyms: prospect


Definition of chance (verb)

  1. be the case by chance
    • "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"
  2. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
  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"
    • synonyms: bump, encounter, find, happen

CHANCE adjective

Definition of chance (adjective)

  1. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
    • "seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence"
    • synonyms: casual
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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