See also: Chance

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English chance, cheance, chaunce, cheaunce, a borrowing from Old French chance (accident, chance, luck), from Vulgar Latin *cadentia (falling), from Latin cadere (to fall, to die, to happen, occur). Doublet of cadence and cadenza.

NounEdit

chance (countable and uncountable, plural chances)

  1. (countable) An opportunity or possibility.
    • 1898, Churchill, Winston, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
      Here was my chance. I took the old man aside, and two or three glasses of Old Crow launched him into reminiscence.
    We had the chance to meet the president last week.
  2. (uncountable) Random occurrence; luck.
    Why leave it to chance when a few simple steps will secure the desired outcome?
  3. (countable) The probability of something happening.
    There is a 30 percent chance of rain tomorrow.
  4. (countable, archaic) What befalls or happens to a person; their lot or fate.
    • 1795, Southey, Robert, The Soldier's Wife[1]:
      Wild-visag'd Wanderer! ah for thy heavy chance!
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AdjectiveEdit

chance (not comparable)

  1. Happening by chance, casual.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, ch. VI, The Shoe Maker (Heron Book Centennial Edition)
      No crowd was about the door; no people were discernible at any of the many windows; not even a chance passer-by was in the street. An unnatural silence and desertion reigned there.
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AdverbEdit

chance (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Perchance; perhaps.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English chancen, chauncen, from the noun (see above).

VerbEdit

chance (third-person singular simple present chances, present participle chancing, simple past and past participle chanced)

  1. (archaic, intransitive) To happen by chance, to occur.
    It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.
  2. (archaic, transitive) To befall; to happen to.
    • 1826, William Lambarde, A Perambulation of Kent:
      [] while the King and Godwine sate at the table, accompanied with others of the nobilitie, it chanced the cupbearer (as he brought wine to the bourd) to slip with the one foote, and yet by good strength of his other leg, to recover himselfe without falling []
  3. To try or risk.
    Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance a rainstorm?
    • (Can we date this quote by W. D. Howells and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Come what will, I will chance it.
  4. To discover something by chance.
    He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.
  5. (Belize) To rob, cheat or swindle someone.
    The car broke down a week after I bought it. I was chanced by that fast-talking salesman.
    • 2017 March 22, Jules Vasquez, “Shyne Urges Artists To Protest Against Businesses Countrywide”, in 7 News Belize[2]:
      Be prepared to engage in protests of all businesses nationwide who are violating the copyright act and chancing our members.
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DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French chance, from Vulgar Latin *cadentia (falling), from Latin cadō (I fall, I die).

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): [ˈɕɑŋsə]

NounEdit

chance c (singular definite chancen, plural indefinite chancer)

  1. A chance

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French chance, cheance (accident, chance, luck), from Vulgar Latin *cadentia (falling), from Latin cadēns, from cadō (I fall, I die). Doublet of cadence, borrowed from Italian.

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chance f (plural chances)

  1. chance
  2. luck

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  • German: Chance
  • Persian: شانس(šâns)

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ItalianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French chance. Doublet of cadenza.

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chance f (invariable)

  1. chance (possibility of a certain outcome)

Old FrenchEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Vulgar Latin *cadentia (falling), from Latin cadēns, from cadō (I fall, I die).

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chance f (oblique plural chances, nominative singular chance, nominative plural chances)

  1. chance; fate
  2. (rare) a throw of a die

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French chance. Doublet of cadência.

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chance f (plural chances)

  1. Probability
  2. chance, opportunity.

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French chance or, in Mexico, from English chance. Doublet of cadencia.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃanθe/, [ˈt͡ʃãn̟θe]
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃanse/, [ˈt͡ʃãnse]

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chance m or f (plural chances)

  1. chance

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chance

  1. (Mexico) maybe, perchance, perhaps or possibly
    Synonyms: a lo mejor, quizá, quizás, tal vez