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Dictionary definition for: Chance

1. (n) a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington" "now is your chance"

2. (v) be the case by chance; "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"

3. (n) an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another; "bad luck caused his downfall" "we ran into each other by pure chance"

4. (v) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

5. (n) a risk involving danger; "you take a chance when you let her drive"

6. (v) come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "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"

7. (n) a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; "what is the probability of rain?" "we have a good chance of winning"

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