chance Definition

  • 1an opportunity to do something
  • 2the possibility of something happening
  • 3luck or fortune

Using chance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "chance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I had a chance to visit Paris last year.

  • Example

    There's a good chance that it will rain today.

  • Example

    He took a chance and invested all his savings in the stock market.

  • Example

    She was given a second chance to prove herself.

chance Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using chance

  • used to express the idea that something is unlikely to happen


    You think he'll lend you money? Fat chance!

  • an extremely small possibility


    There's only a chance in a million that we'll win the lottery.

  • absolutely no possibility


    Do you think he'll change his mind? Not a chance!

Phrases with chance

  • happening unexpectedly or without planning


    I met my old friend by chance at the airport.

  • to do something risky or uncertain


    I decided to take a chance and apply for the job even though I didn't meet all the requirements.

  • stand a chance

    to have a possibility of success


    If you don't study, you won't stand a chance of passing the exam.

Origins of chance

from Old French 'cheance', from cheoir 'to fall'


Summary: chance in Brief

The term 'chance' [tʃæns] refers to an opportunity or possibility of something happening, as well as luck or fortune. It can be used in phrases like 'by chance,' indicating unexpected occurrences, and 'take a chance,' meaning to do something risky. Idioms like 'a fat chance' and 'not a chance' express extreme unlikelihood or impossibility.

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