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chance

 
 
pronunciation:
chaens
parts of speech:
noun, verb, adjective
phrases:
on the off chance, chance it
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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
similar words:
accident, coincidence, fate
definition 2: luck; fortune.
It was by chance that you won in that card game.
synonyms:
fortune, luck
similar words:
accident, coincidence, fate
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
similar words:
fate, possibility, prospect
definition 4: opportunity.
I would like the chance to travel someday.
synonyms:
opportunity
similar words:
break, occasion, possibility, prospect
definition 5: an action that could have bad results; risk.
He took a chance and tried out for the school play.
synonyms:
risk
similar words:
gamble, hazard
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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.
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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
similar words:
casual, haphazard, offhand, random
phrase: chance it