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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.


Synonymscasual


Similarunplanned


Antonymsplanned


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.


Synonymsopportunity


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.


Synonymsprobability


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.


Synonymsprospect


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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