part of speech: noun

definition 1: the quality of happening by accident and without being planned or predicted.

  • It was chance that led the lost boy to a house in the woods.

synonyms: randomness

definition 2: luck; fortune.

  • It was by chance that you won in that card game.

synonyms: fortune, luck

definition 3: a measure of how likely it is that a thing will happen; probability.

  • What is your chance of winning the lottery?

synonyms: likelihood, probability

definition 4: opportunity.

  • I would like the chance to travel someday.

synonyms: opportunity

definition 5: an action that could have bad results; risk.

  • He took a chance and tried out for the school play.

synonyms: risk

phrase: on the off chance


part of speech: verb

inflections: chances, chancing, chanced

definition 1: to happen by accident.

  • I chanced to see Mr. Sanchez on the bus.

definition 2: (informal) to take the risk of (often followed by “it”).

  • The boat may sink, but we’ll have to chance it if we want to escape.


part of speech: adjective

definition: happening when not expected or planned; caused by accident.

  • He had a chance meeting with an old friend.

synonyms: accidental

phrase: chance it