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 chancingprospect, outlook, shot, opportunity, odds, break, time, likelihood, hit, risk, advantage, future, lot, outcome, incidental, contingent, show, opening, liability, scope
Examples from the Web for chancing
Historical Examples of chancing
He must rush on her, chancing the bullet, or retreat towards me.The Prisoner of Zenda
It was chancing death, since once out of our lashings we were as exposed as if on a raft.Youth
At length, chancing to look at the seat beside him, he missed it.Ben, the Luggage Boy;
Surely his chancing to see her with her book would not make him look like that.The Branding Iron
Katharine Newlin Burt
Chancing at that moment to look at Signor Talcke, his face startled me.Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
- 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
late 14c., "to come about, to happen," from chance (n.). Meaning "to risk" attested from 1859. Related: Chanced; chancing.
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.
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