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English adjective: chance

1. chance occurring or appearing or singled out by chance

SamplesSeek help from casual passers-by.
A casual meeting.
A chance occurrence.




English noun: chance

1. chance (state) a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

SamplesThe holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington.
Now is your chance.


Broader (hypernym)possibility, possibleness

Narrower (hyponym)audience, brass ring, clean slate, crack, day, fresh start, hearing, hunting ground, occasion, opening, room, say, shot, street, tabula rasa, throw

2. chance (phenomenon) an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

SamplesBad luck caused his downfall.
We ran into each other by pure chance.

Synonymsfortune, hazard, luck

Broader (hypernym)phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)bad luck, even chance, mischance, mishap, toss-up, tossup

3. chance (act) a risk involving danger

SamplesYou take a chance when you let her drive.

Broader (hypernym)danger, peril, risk

4. chance (attribute) a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible

SamplesThe probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5.


Broader (hypernym)amount, measure, quantity

Narrower (hyponym)conditional probability, contingent probability, cross section, exceedance, fair chance, fat chance, joint probability, risk, risk, risk of exposure, risk of infection, slim chance, sporting chance

5. chance (state) the possibility of future success

SamplesHis prospects as a writer are excellent.


Broader (hypernym)potency, potential, potentiality

English verb: chance

1. chance (social) be the case by chance

SamplesI chanced to meet my old friend in the street.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

Narrower (hyponym)happen

2. chance (social) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

SamplesWhen you buy these stocks you are gambling.

Synonymsadventure, gamble, hazard, risk, run a risk, take a chance, take chances

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)assay, attempt, essay, seek, try

Narrower (hyponym)go for broke, luck it, luck through

3. chance (possession) come upon, as if by accident; meet with

SamplesWe find this idea in Plato.
I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here.
She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day.

Synonymsbump, encounter, find, happen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

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