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English definition of “chance”

chance

noun (LUCK)    /tʃɑːns/ US  /tʃæns/
B1 [U] the force that causes things to happen without any known cause or reason for doing so: Roulette is a game of chance. I got this job completely by chance. [+ (that)] It was pure/sheer chance (that) we met. We must double-check everything and leave nothing to chance.Chance and randomness by any chance C2 used to ask a question or request in a polite way: Are you Hungarian, by any chance? Could you lend me a couple of pounds, by any chance? You wouldn't, by any chance, have a calculator on you, would you?Polite expressions
(Definition of chance noun (LUCK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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