Definition and Meanings for chance

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Chance is ranked 22,504 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of chance

noun, intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, adjective, adverb

Etymology of chance

f. chance, of. cheance, fr. ll. cadentia a allusion to the falling of the dice), fr. l. cadere to fall; akin to skr. to fall, l. cedere to yield, e. cede. cf. cadence

Meaning of chance


as noun

  • 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.
  • probability.

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.

as adjective

  • happening by chance; casual.

as adverb

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