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Usage statistics for the noun chance:

spoken English44.22%written English55.78% conversational speech37.5%task-oriented speech62.5% imaginative writing54.47%informational writing45.53%
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The word chance is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun chance

What does chance mean as a name of something?

Chance is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: chances

  1. a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
  2. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
  3. a risk involving danger
    • example: you take a chance when you let her drive
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: danger / peril / risk = a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
  4. 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
    • example: if that phone call is for me, chances are it's my wife
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of chance: probability
    • more generic words: amount / measure / quantity = how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
    • more specific terms:
  5. the possibility of future success

Alternative definition of the noun chance

noun

  1. [countable] An opportunity or possibility.
  2. [uncountable] Random occurrence; luck.
  3. [countable] The probability of something happening.

Definition of the adjective chance

What does chance mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: chancer |

  1. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
    • example: a chance occurrence
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of chance: casual
    • similar: unplanned

Alternative definition of the adjective chance

adjective

  1. [rare] happening by chance, casual

Definition of the verb chance

What does chance mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: chanced | chancing | chances

  1. be the case by chance
  2. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I cannot risk my job
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]I cannot risk smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]I cannot risk that I get into trouble

      Risk Verbs (with the same syntax): hazard, risk.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of chance: adventure / gamble / hazard / risk / run a risk / take a chance / take chances
    • more generic words: assay / attempt / essay / seek / try = make an effort or attempt
    • more specific terms:
  3. come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    • example: She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of chance: bump / encounter / find / happen

Person

Who is Chance?

Chance is a solo artist based in Los Angeles, California, but was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. As a solo artist, Chance is backed on stage by his touring band "the Choir." Although he has expressed wishes to tour through the United States as well as the United Kingdom, as a Solo Artist he has so far only performed in Florida and California.

Phrases with Chance

Phrases starting with the word Chance:

  1. chance on
  2. Chance Card
  3. chance upon
  4. chance event
  5. chance-medley

Phrases ending with the word Chance:

  1. by chance
  2. fat chance
  3. off chance
  4. even chance
  5. fair chance
  6. main chance
  7. slim chance
  8. happy chance
  9. Not a Chance
  10. Smart Chance
  11. By Any Chance
  12. take a chance
  13. game of chance
  14. Outside Chance
  15. Stand a Chance

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Chance

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Google previewEncyclopedia of African-American Education (1996)

by Faustine Childress Jones-Wilson

A BETTER CHANCE, INC. A Better Chance is the oldest and only nationwide academic talent search agency for minority youth. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1963 by representatives of ...

Google previewThe Anti-Dictionary (2002)

A Selected List of Words Being Forced from the Modern Lexicon by Michael Cromwell

Chance. Conventional definitions: something that happens unpredictably without discernable human intention or observable cause; the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings; the fortuitous or incalculable ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

fortune, good luck, coxop азаар by sheer chance,~ болж (~ирэхэд) fortunately, as luck would have it, ...

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Usage statistics about chance

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun chance:

spoken English44.22%written English55.78% conversational speech37.5%task-oriented speech62.5% imaginative writing54.47%informational writing45.53%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun chance:

hazardprobabilityfortuneluckprospectchanceopportunity

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb chance:

hazardchancegamblebumpriskencounterhappenfind

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Video language resources about Chance

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Sign language

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Quotes about Chance

Search, searching chances
Search, searching troubles

Steal, stealing chances
Steal, stealing troubles

Searching chance in trouble
Searching trouble to get chance

Stealing chance in trouble
Stealing trouble to get chance (Maria Sudibyo)
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Scrabble value of C3H4A1N1C3E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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