Definition and Meanings for chance
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Part of Speech of chance
noun, intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, adjective, adverb
Etymology of chance
Meaning of chance
- a supposed material or psychical agent or mode of activity other than a force, law, or purpose; fortune; fate; -- in this sense often personified.
- the operation or activity of such agent.
- the supposed effect of such an agent; something that befalls, as the result of unknown or unconsidered forces; the issue of uncertain conditions; an event not calculated upon; an unexpected occurrence; a happening; accident; fortuity; casualty.
- a possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity; -- with reference to a doubtful result; as, a chance to escape; a chance for life; the chances are all against him.
as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun
- to happen, come, or arrive, without design or expectation.
as transitive verb
- to take the chances of; to venture upon; -- usually with it as object.
- to befall; to happen to.
- happening by chance; casual.
- by chance; perchance.