chance

chance [chans, chäns]
n.
[ME chaunce < OFr cheance < VL cadentia, that which falls out < L cadens, prp. of cadere, to fall: see CASE1]
1. the happening of events without apparent cause, or the apparent absence of cause or design; fortuity; luck [to leave things to chance]
2. an unpredictable event or accidental happening
3. a risk or gamble
4. a ticket in a lottery or raffle
5. an advantageous or opportune time or occasion; opportunity [you'll have a chance to go]
6. [often pl.] a possibility or probability [there is little chance of success; what are their chances of winning?]
7. Archaic a mishap; mischance
8. Baseball an opportunity to field a ball on which a fielder is credited with a putout or assist, or charged with an error
adj.
happening by chance; accidental [a chance encounter]
vi.
chanced, chancing
1. to have the fortune, good or bad [I chanced to see them]
2. to happen by chance
vt.
to leave to chance; risk [let's chance it]
SYN.- HAPPEN, RANDOM
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by chance
1. as it may happen; perchance
2. accidentally
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chance on or chance upon
to find or meet by chance
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the chances are or chances are
the likelihood is [chances are she will visit today]
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on the off chance or on the chance
relying on the (remote) possibility; in case
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take one's chances
Informal to accept the uncertain outcome as of a course of action

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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