chance

A chance is a possibility — but it's not a sure thing. There could be a chance of rain today or a chance you'll be the lead in the school play.

Chance is sometimes about opportunity, as in getting a chance to try out for the baseball team. Sometimes it's just luck, as in taking a chance on a new car through a raffle at school. You could meet someone by chance, and you could say, "I chanced upon him at a coffee shop." Sometimes the word implies danger, as in "He took a chance when he signed up for skydiving." In any case, a chance is never a sure thing.

Definitions of chance
  1. noun
    an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
    “we ran into each other by pure chance
    synonyms: fortune, hazard, luck
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    bad luck, mischance, mishap
    an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
    even chance, toss-up, tossup
    an unpredictable phenomenon
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    phenomenon
    any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
  2. noun
    a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
    “now is your chance
    synonyms: opportunity
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    brass ring
    a rich opportunity or a prize
    day
    a period of opportunity
    clean slate, fresh start, tabula rasa
    an opportunity to start over without prejudice
    audience, hearing
    an opportunity to state your case and be heard
    hunting ground
    a place where opportunities abound
    occasion
    an opportunity to do something
    opening
    opportunity especially for employment or promotion
    room
    opportunity for
    say
    the chance to speak
    crack, shot
    a chance to do something
    street
    a situation offering opportunities
    throw
    a single chance or instance
    cut-rate sale, sale, sales event
    an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
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    possibility, possibleness
    capability of existing or happening or being true
  3. noun
    the possibility of future success
    synonyms: prospect
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    potency, potential, potentiality
    the inherent capacity for coming into being
  4. noun
    a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible
    synonyms: probability
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    conditional probability, contingent probability
    the probability that an event will occur given that one or more other events have occurred
    cross section
    (physics) the probability that a particular interaction (as capture or ionization) will take place between particles; measured in barns
    exceedance
    (geology) the probability that an earthquake will generate a level of ground motion that exceeds a specified reference level during a given exposure time
    fair chance, sporting chance
    a reasonable probability of success
    fat chance, slim chance
    little or no chance of success
    joint probability
    the probability of two events occurring together
    risk, risk of exposure
    the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent
    risk, risk of infection
    the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
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    amount, measure, quantity
    how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
  5. adjective
    occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
    “a chance occurrence”
    synonyms: casual
    unplanned
    without apparent forethought or prompting or planning
  6. verb
    come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    “She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day”
    synonyms: bump, encounter, find, happen
  7. verb
    be the case by chance
    “I chanced to meet my old friend in the street”
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    happen
    chance to be or do something, without intention or causation
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    come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
    come to pass
  8. noun
    a risk involving danger
    “you take a chance when you let her drive”
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    danger, peril, risk
    a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
  9. verb
    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    synonyms: adventure, gamble, hazard, risk, run a risk, take a chance, take chances
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    go for broke
    risk everything in one big effort
    luck it, luck through
    act by relying on one's luck
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    assay, attempt, essay, seek, try
    make an effort or attempt
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