1 fortune, luck, fate:
We met, as chance would have it, at the supermarket. Life is but a game of chance for those who cannot control their destiny.
2 opportunity, time, turn; occasion:
You have had your chance to return the money, now it is too late.
3 Also, chances. likelihood, probability, prospect, odds, certainty, predictability; conceivability, possibility:
Chances are that he'll be late. The chance of winning the lottery is pretty remote.
4 Also, chances. risk, speculation, gamble:
You are taking a chance going out there without a weapon. I'll take my chances.
5 by chance.
(a) accidentally, unintentionally, inadvertently:
By chance the witness saw him talking to the suspect.
(b) perhaps, maybe, possibly, conceivably:
Have you by chance a match?
6 casual, incidental, accidental, unintentional, inadvertent; unplanned, unpremeditated, unexpected, unforeseen; unlooked-for:
The affair began with a chance meeting at a pub.
7 happen; occur, come to pass, take place, come about; befall, betide:
We chanced to see him jogging in the park. It chanced that a passer-by called the police.
8 risk, hazard; imperil, endanger, jeopardize, stake, bet, wager:
Few would chance severe penalties or jail by lying on a tax return. Don't chance everything you've worked for!
excellent, good, high, strong | fair, fighting, sporting, realistic, reasonable
There's a fair chance that nobody will come to the talk.
| little, the merest, million-to-one, minimal, outside, slender, slim, slight
There was only a million-to-one chance of it happening. As long as there is an outside chance, we will go for it.
| fifty-fifty, one-in-three, -four, etc., 10, 20, etc. per cent
They have a 90 per cent chance of success.
What are his survival chances?
| election, electoral
VERB + CHANCE
The doctors gave him (= said that he had )little chance of surviving the night.
| be in with, have, stand
After a poor start, they are now in with a chance of winning the league. He doesn't stand a chance of winning against such an experienced player.
| assess, rate
How do you rate our chances of finding her?
I don't fancy our chances of getting there on time.
| boost, enhance, improve, increase, maximize | compromise, jeopardize, lessen, minimize, prejudice, reduce, ruin, scupper, spoil
by any ~
Are you by any chance Mr Ludd?
| ~ of
The missing climber's chances of survival are slim.
(informal) Fat chance (= there is no chance)of him helping you!
| have every chance
She has every chance of passing the exam if she works hard.
| no chance!
‘Will he lend us his car?’ ‘No chance!’
| on the off chance
(= just in case)I rang the firm just on the off chance that they might have a vacancy.
fair, good, great, ideal, wonderful
She played left-handed to give her opponent a fair chance. This is the ideal chance for him to show his ability.
This is your big chance?grab it with both hands.
| once-in-a-lifetime | last, second
The teacher gave her one last chance to prove she could behave. There are no second chances in this business.
| educational, life
The new college is intended to improve the life chances of children in the inner city.
| clear, clear-cut, scoring
There is always an element of chance in buying a used car.
VERB + CHANCE
I finally had the chance to meet my hero.
He deserves the chance to give his side of the story.
I would welcome the chance to give my opinion.
| give sb, offer (sb), provide (sb with) | deny sb
No child should be denied the chance of growing up in a family.
| wait for | create, make
(sport) The team created several clear chances but failed to score.
She spotted her chance of making a quick profit.
| grab, grasp, jump at, seize, take
Travis had left the door open?she seized her chance and was through it like a shot. Take every chance that comes your way.
| blow, miss, pass up, squander, throw away, turn down, waste
They blew their chance to go second in the league. I wouldn't pass up the chance of working for them.
CHANCE + VERB
arise, come up, come your way
When the chance came up to go to Paris, she jumped at it.
given the chance
Given the chance, I'd stop work tomorrow.
| half a chance
The dog always runs off when it gets half a chance.
| let a chance slip (by)
If she let this chance slip, she would regret it for the rest of her life.
VERB + CHANCE
The guide book didn't mention the hotel, but we decided to take a chance.
The manager took a chance on the young goalkeeper.
| ~ with
The police were taking no chances with the protesters.
pure, sheer | happy, lucky
By a happy chance he bumped into an old friend on the plane.
VERB + CHANCE
leave sth to
Leaving nothing to chance, he delivered the letter himself.
The police came upon the hideout purely by chance.
| due to ~
The results could simply be due to chance.
| through ~
I got most answers right through sheer chance.
a game of chance
Chess is not a game of chance.
| take your chances
(= take a risk in the hope that things will turn out well)He took his chances and jumped into the water.
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