- chaunce (obsolete)
- IPA(key): /tʃæns/
- IPA(key): /tʃɑːns/
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- Rhymes: -ɑːns, -æns
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.
- (countable) An opportunity or possibility.
- We had the chance to meet the president last week.
- 1965 March 15, Johnson, Lyndon B., Special Message to the Congress: The American Promise [on the Voting Rights Act], 3/15/65. MP506., Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, 42:30 from the start:
- It never even occurred to me in my fondest dreams that I might have the chance to help the sons and daughters of those students and to help people like them all over this country. But now I do have that chance, and I'll let you in on a secret: I mean to use it.
- (uncountable) Random occurrence; luck.
- Why leave it to chance when a few simple steps will secure the desired outcome?
- (countable) The probability of something happening.
- There is a 30 percent chance of rain tomorrow.
- (countable, archaic) What befalls or happens to a person; their lot or fate.
- Buckley's chance
- bechance (adverb)
- by chance
- chance'd be a fine thing
- chance fracture
- chances are
- Chinaman's chance
- Come By Chance
- dog's chance
- even chance
- fair chance
- fat chance
- fighting chance
- first-chance exception
- game of chance
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
chance (not comparable)
- Happening by chance, casual.
chance (not comparable)
- (archaic, intransitive) To happen by chance, to occur.
- It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Deuteronomy 22:6:
- if a bird's nest chance to be before thee
- 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XV, Practical — Devotional
- 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter XVIII
- Mr. Mason, shivering as some one chanced to open the door, asked for more coal to be put on the fire, which had burnt out its flame, though its mass of cinder still shone hot and red. The footman who brought the coal, in going out, stopped near Mr. Eshton's chair, and said something to him in a low voice, of which I heard only the words, "old woman,"—"quite troublesome."
- (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 […]
- To try or risk.
- Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance a rainstorm?
- 1890, William Dean Howells, A Hazard of New Fortunes
- He does chance it in stocks, but he's always played on the square, if you call stocks gambling.
- To discover something by chance.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- I chanced on this letter.
- He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.
- (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:
- Be prepared to engage in protests of all businesses nationwide who are violating the copyright act and chancing our members.
- (to happen) come to pass, occur, transpire; See also Thesaurus:happen
- (to happen to)
- (to try) test
- (to discover something) come across, come on, come upon, encounter, stumble upon
- (to cheat someone) deceive, fool, trick; See also Thesaurus:deceive
- chance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “chance”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- A chance
chance f (plural chances)
- → Dutch: kans
- → Dutch: sjans
- → German: Chance
- → Persian: شانس (šâns)
- → Polish: szansa
- → Romanian: șansă
- → Turkish: şans
- “chance” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
chance f (invariable)
- chance (possibility of a certain outcome)
- → English: chance
- Japanese: チャンス (chansu) (borrowed)
- French: chance
- Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (cheance, supplement)
- Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (chance)
- chance on the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub
- Hyphenation: chan‧ce
chance f (plural chances)
chance m or f (plural chances)