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chance

chance

 
 
pronunciation:
chaens
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb, adjective
phrases:
on the off chance
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the nature of that which happens unexpectedly and randomly, without intention or design.
synonyms:
fortuitousness, randomness
similar words:
accident, coincidence, fate, haphazardness, hazard, uncertainty, unpredictability, vicissitude
definition 2: luck; fortune.
Winning at a gambling game is based mostly on chance.
synonyms:
fortuity, fortune, luck
similar words:
accident, coincidence, fate, happenstance, serendipity
definition 3: the estimated likelihood that a given thing will happen; probability.
The platoon had very little chance of surviving the attack.
synonyms:
likelihood, probability
similar words:
fate, possibility, prospect
definition 4: opportunity.
I would like the chance to travel someday.
synonyms:
opportunity
similar words:
break, occasion, possibility, prospect, time
definition 5: a risk.
Let's not take any chances.
synonyms:
risk
similar words:
gamble, hazard
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phrase: on the off chance
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: chanced, chances, chancing
definition: to happen by accident.
I chanced to see her in the subway.
synonyms:
happen
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: (informal) to take the risk of (often fol. by it).
The antidote may not work, but we'll have to chance it.
synonyms:
risk, venture
similar words:
attempt, hazard, try
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part of speech: adjective
definition: occurring unexpectedly or at random; accidental.
a chance encounter with an old friend
synonyms:
accidental, contingent, fortuitous
similar words:
casual, coincidental, haphazard, inadvertent, offhand, random, unforeseeable, unintentional, unpremeditated