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chancenoun

 us   /tʃæns/
  • chance noun (OPPORTUNITY)

[C] an ​occasion that ​allows something to be done; an ​opportunity: If you get a chance, come over and ​see me. You had many chances to back out of the ​deal, and you didn’t do it. She’d been a ​substitute on the ​team, and she ​wanted a chance to ​play every ​day.
  • chance noun (LIKELIHOOD)

[U] a ​level of ​possibility that something will ​happen; ​likelihood: I’ve ​applied to seven different ​universities, and there’s a good chance I’ll get into two of them.
  • chance noun (RISK)

[C] a ​possibility that something ​bad will ​happen; a ​risk: There’s a chance of ​injury in ​almost any ​sport. You don’t get ​anywhere in ​life without taking chances.
  • chance noun (LUCK)

[U] the ​happening of something in a way that no one could have ​known, so that it ​seems to have no ​cause: Four ​years ago we ​met by chance in ​Paris. Do you by any chance ​know when the last ​busleavestonight?

chanceverb

 us   /tʃæns/
  • chance verb (RISK)

[T] to do something ​although it ​involvesrisk: It’s a very ​popularrestaurant, and we may not get a ​table, but let’s chance it.
  • chance verb (LUCK)

[I] to ​happen or ​find something in a way that is not ​planned or ​expected: I chanced upon some ​oldloveletters in a ​drawer.
(Definition of chance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"chance" in British English

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chancenoun

uk   /tʃɑːns/  us   /tʃæns/
  • chance noun (OPPORTUNITY)

B1 [C] an ​occasion that ​allows something to be done: I didn't get/have a chance to ​speak to her. [+ to infinitive] If you give me a chance tospeak, I'll ​explain. Society has to giveprisoners a second chance when they come out of ​jail. He ​left and I missed my chance to say ​goodbye to him. I'd go now given ​half a chance (= if I had the ​slightestopportunity).
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  • chance noun (POSSIBILITY)

B1 [S or plural] the ​level of ​possibility that something will ​happen: You'd have abetter chance/more chance ofpassingyourexams if you ​worked a ​bitharder. [+ (that)] There's a good chance (that) I'll have this ​essayfinished by ​tomorrow. There's a ​slim/​slight chance (that) I might have to go to Manchester next ​week. If we ​hurry, there's still an ​outside (= very ​small) chance ofcatching the ​plane. "Is there any chance ofspeaking to him?" "Not a/No chance, I'm ​afraid." I don't ​think I stand/have a chance ofwinning.UK John ​thinks they're in with a chance (= they have a ​possibility of doing or getting what they ​want). Her ​resignation has ​improved my chances ofpromotion. What are her chances ofsurvival? [+ that] What are the chances that they'll ​win?
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  • chance noun (RISK)

B2 [C] a ​possibility that something ​negative will ​happen: I'm ​delivering my ​work by ​hand - I'm not taking any chances. There's a chance ofinjury in ​almost any ​sport.
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  • chance noun (LUCK)

B1 [U] the ​force that ​causes things to ​happen without any ​knowncause or ​reason for doing so: Roulette is a ​game of chance. I got this ​jobcompletely by chance. [+ (that)] It was pure/​sheer chance (that) we ​met. We must ​double-check everything and leave nothing to chance.
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?

chanceverb

uk   /tʃɑːns/  us   /tʃæns/
(Definition of chance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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