verb (used without object), chanced, chanc·ing.
verb (used with object), chanced, chanc·ing.
Origin of chance
Synonyms for chance
Antonyms for chance
Related Words for chanceprospect, outlook, shot, opportunity, odds, break, time, likelihood, hit, risk, advantage, future, lot, outcome, incidental, contingent, show, opening, liability, scope
Examples from the Web for chance
Contemporary Examples of chance
With chemotherapy, her doctors give her at least an 80 percent chance of survival.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
At the moment, the only chance I get is when I go do Late Night with Seth Meyers.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Is there any chance the potential 2016 hopeful will stand up to the right and embrace paid sick leave?Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
Do those things," he said, "and you'll have half a chance of being successful.
I had a chance to work with Jean-François Richet, who directed Mesrine.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
Historical Examples of chance
Without reasons I was sure of, you know, so there could be no chance of any mistake.
And what avails skill in music, if there is no chance to display it?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But if she had any such thing I'm sure it was ended, and she'd have jumped at this chance a year ago.
He took a cab and was driven to the local branch of his favourite temple of chance.
Will you take care of some money for me until I get a chance to deposit it in the savings bank?Brave and Bold
- the unknown and unpredictable element that causes an event to result in a certain way rather than another, spoken of as a real force
- (as modifier)a chance meeting Related adjective: fortuitous
- accidentallyhe slipped by chance
- perhapsdo you by chance have a room?
Word Origin for chance
c.1300, "something that takes place, what happens, an occurrence" (good or bad, but more often bad), from Old French cheance "accident, chance, fortune, luck, situation, the falling of dice" (12c., Modern French chance), from Vulgar Latin *cadentia "that which falls out," a term used in dice, from neuter plural of Latin cadens, present participle of cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)).
In English frequently in plural, chances. The word's notions of "opportunity" and "randomness" are as old as the record of it in English and now all but crowd out the word's original notion of "mere occurrence." Main chance "thing of most importance" is from 1570s, bearing the older sense. The mathematical (and hence odds-making) sense is attested from 1778. To stand a chance (or not) is from 1796.
To take (one's) chances "accept what happens" (early 14c.) is from the old, neutral sense; to take a chance/take chances is originally (by 1814) "participate in a raffle or lottery or game;" extended sense of "take a risk" is by 1826.
late 14c., "to come about, to happen," from chance (n.). Meaning "to risk" attested from 1859. Related: Chanced; chancing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with chance
- chance it
- chance on
- by chance
- Chinaman's chance
- eye to the main chance
- fat chance
- fighting chance
- jump at (the chance)
- not have an earthly chance
- on the (off) chance
- snowball's chance in hell
- sporting chance
- stand a chance
- take a chance
- take one's chances