Definition of "chance" []

  • The unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause. (noun)
  • A force assumed to cause events that cannot be foreseen or controlled; luck: Chance will determine the outcome. (noun)
  • The likelihood of something happening; possibility or probability. Often used in the plural: Chances are good that you will win. Is there any chance of rain? (noun)
  • An accidental or unpredictable event. (noun)
  • A favorable set of circumstances; an opportunity: a chance to escape. (noun)
  • The unknown and unpredictable element that causes an event to result in a certain way rather than another, spoken of as a real force (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Fortune; luck; fate (noun)
  • An opportunity or occasion (noun)
  • A risk; gamble (noun)
  • The extent to which an event is likely to occur; probability (noun)
  • An unpredicted event, esp a fortunate one (noun)
  • An unlucky event; mishap (noun)
  • To risk; hazard (verb)
  • To happen by chance; be the case by chance (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "chance" in a sentence
  • "Snow Potential Index: 5 ↑ - Little chance of snow Tuesday now, but *chance* of snow in the 12/24 to 12/26 time frame is real even if details fuzzy."
  • "A 'chance remark' -- there is no _chance_ in a believer's life!"
  • "Then, with a chance to win, he struck a putt that never had a chance_ wide and nearly 12 inches shy of the cup."