verb (used without object), chanced, chanc·ing.
verb (used with object), chanced, chanc·ing.
Origin of chance
Synonyms for chance
Antonyms for chance
Examples from the Web for chance
With chemotherapy, her doctors give her at least an 80 percent chance of survival.
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|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Is there any chance the potential 2016 hopeful will stand up to the right and embrace paid sick leave?
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|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He said that the food was good and that sometimes evenings he had a chance to go out.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Just a mouthful of bread, and even that I do not get a chance to eat!The Memoirs of Victor Hugo|Victor Hugo
It's all luck about Nanny's eyes; and maybe you are only throwing away a chance you'll never have again.'Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag|Louisa M. Alcott
They numbered only twenty-eight in all, and, being untrained, could have had no chance in an open fight with such opponents.The Buffalo Runners|R.M. Ballantyne
More, he was determined to carry that experiment further, if he ever got the chance.The Trespasser, Complete|Gilbert Parker
- 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