a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington|now is your chance
Synonym: opportunity
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
Synonym: fortune, hazard, luck
a risk involving danger
you take a chance when you let her drive
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
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
Synonym: probability
the possibility of future success
his prospects as a writer are excellent
Synonym: prospect
be the case by chance
I chanced to meet my old friend in the street
take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
When you buy these stocks you are gambling
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
occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
seek help from casual passers-by|a casual meeting|a chance occurrence
Synonym: casual