Definition of “chance” - English Dictionary

“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 to speak, I'll explain.
Society has to give prisoners 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 slightest opportunity).
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chance noun (POSSIBILITY)

B1 [ S or plural ] the level of possibility that something will happen:

You'd have a better chance/more chance of passing your exams if you worked a bit harder.
[ + (that) ] There's a good chance (that) I'll have this essay finished 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 of catching the plane.
"Is there any chance of speaking to him?" "Not a/No chance, I'm afraid."
I don't think I stand/have a chance of winning.
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 of promotion.
What are her chances of survival?
[ + 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 of injury in almost any sport.
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chance noun (LUCK)

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.
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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 bus leaves tonight?

chanceverb

us /tʃæns/

chance verb (RISK)

[ T ] to do something although it involves risk:

It’s a very popular restaurant, 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 old love letters in a drawer.

(Definition of “chance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)