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Definition 1: a risk involving danger - [noun denoting act]

Samples where chance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you take a chance when you let her drive

(chance is a kind of ...) a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury

"he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime" "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"

Definition 2: a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where chance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5
  • if that phone call is for me, chances are it's my wife

Synonyms for chance in the sense of this definition

(chance is a kind of ...) how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

(... is a kind of chance ) the probability that an event will occur given that one or more other events have occurred

(... is a kind of chance ) (physics) the probability that a particular interaction (as capture or ionization) will take place between particles; measured in barns

(... is a kind of chance ) (geology) the probability that an earthquake will generate a level of ground motion that exceeds a specified reference level during a given exposure time

"the concept of exceedance can be applied to any type of environmental risk modeling"

(... is a kind of chance ) a reasonable probability of success

(... is a kind of chance ) little or no chance of success

(... is a kind of chance ) the probability of two events occurring together

(... is a kind of chance ) the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent

(... is a kind of chance ) the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred

Definition 3: an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where chance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bad luck caused his downfall
  • we ran into each other by pure chance

Synonyms for chance in the sense of this definition

(chance is a kind of ...) any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

(... is a kind of chance ) an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate

"if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all"

(... is a kind of chance ) an unpredictable phenomenon

"it's a toss-up whether he will win or lose"

Definition 4: a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances - [noun denoting state]

Samples where chance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington
  • now is your chance

Synonyms for chance in the sense of this definition

(chance is a kind of ...) capability of existing or happening or being true

"there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"

(... is a kind of chance ) a situation offering opportunities

"he worked both sides of the street" "cooperation is a two-way street"

(... is a kind of chance ) a chance to do something

"he wanted a shot at the champion"

(... is a kind of chance ) the chance to speak

"let him have his say"

(... is a kind of chance ) opportunity for

"room for improvement"

(... is a kind of chance ) opportunity especially for employment or promotion

"there is an opening in the sales department"

(... is a kind of chance ) an opportunity to do something

"there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"

(... is a kind of chance ) a place where opportunities abound

(... is a kind of chance ) an opportunity to state your case and be heard

"they condemned him without a hearing" "he saw that he had lost his audience"

(... is a kind of chance ) an opportunity to start over without prejudice

(... is a kind of chance ) a period of opportunity

"he deserves his day in court" "every dog has his day"

(... is a kind of chance ) a rich opportunity or a prize

"he missed the brass ring at the Miami convention"

(... is a kind of chance ) a single chance or instance

"he couldn't afford $50 a throw"

Definition 5: the possibility of future success - [noun denoting state]

Samples where chance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his prospects as a writer are excellent

Synonyms for chance in the sense of this definition

(chance is a kind of ...) the inherent capacity for coming into being

Definition 6: come upon, as if by accident; meet with - [verb of possession]

Samples where chance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We find this idea in Plato
  • I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here
  • She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day

Synonyms for chance in the sense of this definition

Samples where chance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • When you buy these stocks you are gambling

Synonyms for chance in the sense of this definition

(chance is a kind of ...) make an effort or attempt

"He tried to shake off his fears" "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps" "The police attempted to stop the thief" "He sought to improve himself" "She always seeks to do good in the world"

(... is a kind of chance ) risk everything in one big effort

"the cyclist went for broke at the end of the race"

(... is a kind of chance ) act by relying on one's luck

Samples where chance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I chanced to meet my old friend in the street

(chance is a kind of ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

(... is a kind of chance ) chance to be or do something, without intention or causation

"I happen to have just what you need!"

Definition 9: occurring or appearing or singled out by chance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where chance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • seek help from casual passers-by
  • a casual meeting
  • a chance occurrence

Synonyms for chance in the sense of this definition

(chance is similar to ...) without apparent forethought or prompting or planning

"an unplanned economy" "accepts an unplanned order" "an unplanned pregnancy" "unplanned remarks"

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