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1 chance /ˈtʃæns/ Brit /ˈtʃɑːns/ noun
plural chances
1 chance
/ˈtʃæns/ Brit /ˈtʃɑːns/
plural chances
Learner's definition of CHANCE
: an opportunity to do something : an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done机会;机遇
often followed by to + verb常接动词不定式
◊ To jump/leap/grab at the chance to do something is to have an opportunity to do something and to say in an excited way that you will do it or to do it in a very eager way.抢抓机遇
◊ If you have a fighting chance to do something, you may be able to do it by making a great effort.需努力才能获得的机会
: the possibility that something will happen可能性;概率
often + of
often plural常用复数
often + of
◊ The phrase by any chance is used when asking questions in a polite way.可能,也许会(用于礼貌性的提问)
◊ The informal phrases fat chance and not a chance are used as a forceful way of saying that there is no possibility that something will happen.不可能;没机会
[noncount] : the way that events happen when they are not planned or controlled by people : luck幸运;侥幸
◊ If something happens by chance, people have not planned it or tried to make it happen.偶然
◊ The phrase as chance would have it is used to say that something happened because of good or bad luck.凑巧;碰巧
◊ A game of chance is a game (such as a dice game) in which luck rather than skill decides who wins.靠碰运气取胜的游戏(如掷色子)

chance would be a fine thing

British, informal
used to say that something good or desirable is not likely to happen要是能…就好了(指希望难以达成)

on the off chance

used to talk about something that might happen or be true but that is not likely对…抱有一丝希望;碰碰运气

stand a chance

: to have a possibility of succeeding有希望;有可能
often used in negative statements常用于否定句

take a chance

: to do something that could have either good or bad results投机;冒险
2 chance /ˈtʃæns/ Brit /ˈtʃɑːns/ verb
chances; chanced; chancing
2 chance
/ˈtʃæns/ Brit /ˈtʃɑːns/
chances; chanced; chancing
Learner's definition of CHANCE
[+ object] : to accept the danger of (doing something) : risk冒险
[no object] formalused to describe something that happens because of luck or chance碰巧;恰好followed by to + verb接动词不定式

chance upon

[phrasal verb] also chance on
chance upon/on (someone or something) formal
: to find (something) or meet (someone) by chance碰巧找到;偶然遇到

chance your arm

British, informal
: to take a chance : to do something that could have bad results冒险一试
3 chance /ˈtʃæns/ Brit /ˈtʃɑːns/ adjective
3 chance
/ˈtʃæns/ Brit /ˈtʃɑːns/
Learner's definition of CHANCE
always used before a noun
: happening without being planned or controlled by people : happening by chance偶然的;碰巧的;未经安排的


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: something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause
Which cards you are dealt is simply a matter of chance.
: the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings : luck
an outcome decided by chance
: the fortuitous or incalculable element in existence : contingency
… you surely have endured strange chances Alfred Tennyson
: a situation favoring some purpose : opportunity
needed a chance to relax
: a fielding opportunity in baseball
: the possibility of a particular outcome in an uncertain situation
What chance has he of pulling through?
also : the degree of likelihood of such an outcome
a small chance of success
chances plural : the more likely indications
chances are he's already gone
: risk
not taking any chances
: a raffle ticket
chance adjective


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chanced; chancing

intransitive verb

: to take place, come about, or turn out by chance : happen
it chanced to rain that day
: to have the good or bad luck
we chanced to meet
: to come or light by chance
they chanced upon a remote inn

transitive verb

: to leave the outcome of to chance
: to accept the hazard of : risk
knew the trip was dangerous but decided to chance it
by chance
: in the haphazard course of events
they met by chance
chance one's arm
British : to take a risk

Example Sentences

Noun This is the chance of a lifetime! Everyone deserves a fair chance of winning the award. If you give me a chance, I know I can do a good job. We didn't have much chance to talk about it. There's a good chance that we'll finish on time. If you are free tonight, is there any chance you could join me for dinner? Which cards you're given is simply a matter of chance. Verb He couldn't chance playing with a broken toe. I don't think we should chance driving in this snowstorm. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Here’s a chance to live like the Duttons do—sans family drama. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 7 Sep. 2022 And there’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Monday night and Tuesday, when a high of 82 is expected. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 On a recent summer day, Lewis had earned the chance to pull 10 slips — 10 chances to win prizes, including a tablet computer. Carla K. Johnson, Hartford Courant, 7 Sep. 2022 In other words, there’s a good chance that Ana and Alyssa will alternate days at the table. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 7 Sep. 2022 Finally, there’s a slim chance the base iPhone 14 Pro storage will start at 256GB instead of 128GB. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Sep. 2022 Now’s your chance to hit the virtual shelves one last time and snag tons of gems across fashion, beauty, and home for way below sticker price. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 6 Sep. 2022 There’s still a chance Zach Wilson will open the season for the New York Jets under center instead of on the sideline. Dennis Waszak Jr., BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2022 Moments before Hall’s rocky outing, Anthony Santander gave the Orioles (71-63) a chance with his second home run of the afternoon — launching one from each side of the plate for his team-leading 26th and 27th homers. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 5 Sep. 2022
Currently there are no limits to the number of cabins being offered per sailing, but that could chance depending on the popularity of the promotion, according to the cruise line. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2022 That is the standard Ohio State will chance from now until January. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 29 Aug. 2022 But countries living in Russia’s shadow remain unwilling to leave their fortunes to chance. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 3 July 2022 Gargano didn’t leave any part of her success to chance. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 23 May 2022 Following a pair of walk-off wins this weekend, the Reds left nothing to chance in their 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 11 July 2022 The Ravens, and 31 other NFL teams, were unwilling to chance putting him in uniform for the 2017 season. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 9 June 2022 The difference was attributed to the change in our order and not to chance. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 9 June 2022 After missing out on his team’s other big bowl appearances, Osborn, like many Utah fans, left nothing to chance this time around. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

Word History



Middle English chaunce, chance "occurrence (especially unforeseen or providential), stroke of good or bad luck, luck, fall of the dice," borrowed from Anglo-French cheaunce, chaunce, chance, going back to Vulgar Latin *cadentia, noun derivative (formally feminine singular from neuter plural) of Latin cadent-, cadens, present participle of cadere "to fall, be cast (of dice, lots), turn out, come to pass," perhaps going back to an Indo-European verbal base *ḱad- or *ḱHd- "fall," whence also Sanskrit śaśāda "(s/he) fell off/out," śatsyati "(s/he) will fall off/out"


Middle English chancen, chaunsen, verbal derivative of chance, chaunce chance entry 1

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of chance was in the 13th century


1possibility可能性ADJECTIVE | VERB + CHANCE | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEexcellent, good, high, real, strong非常可能;很有可能There is a very real chance that the film will win an award.這部電影很有可能會得獎。decent, fair, fighting, legitimate, realistic, reasonable, solid, sporting相當大的可能性;較大的可能性;需努力爭取才能得到的機會;合法的機會;現實的可能性;合理的機會;實實在在的可能性;相當大的成功機會There's a fair chance that nobody will come to the talk.很有可能沒人來聽講座。little, the merest, million-to-one, minimal, outside, remote, slender, slight, slim很小的可能性;極小的可能性;百萬分之一的可能性;最小的可能性;較小的機會There was only a million-to-one chance of it happening.這種事發生的幾率只有百萬分之一。As long as there is an outside chance, we will go for it.只要有一線可能我們就會努力爭取。fifty-fifty, one-in-three, etc., 10%, 20%, etc.一半、三分之一等的可能性; 10%、20% 等的可能性They have a 90% chance of success.他們有 90% 的勝出可能。zero (especially NAmE) 沒有可能性He had zero chance of survival.他幸存的可能性為零。survival幸存的可能性What are his survival chances?他能活下來的可能性有多大?election, electoral (especially BrE) 當選的機會;有關選舉的可能性play-off (NAmE) 打加時賽的可能性VERB + CHANCEgive sb說某人⋯的可能性The doctors gave him (= said that he had) little chance of surviving the night.醫生們說他活過當晚的可能性很小。be in with, have, stand有可能After a poor start, they are now in with a chance of winning.雖然開端不好,但他們現在有了贏的機會。He doesn't stand a chance of winning against such an experienced player.他不可能打敗這樣一位經驗豐富的選手。assess, rate評估/估計可能性How do you rate our chances of finding her?你覺得我們找到她的可能性有多大?fancy (BrE) 猜測可能性I don't fancy our chances of getting there on time.我認為我們不可能準時到達那裏。boost, enhance, improve, increase, maximize提高可能性;增加可能性;使可能性最大化compromise, decrease, hurt, jeopardize, lessen, minimize, prejudice, reduce, ruin, scupper, informal) , spoil使機會減少;使可能性最小化;損害⋯的可能性;毀掉機會destroy, eliminate, end, kill毀掉可能性;使機會成泡影It was a mistake which eliminated any chance of an Australian victory.這個錯誤使得澳大利亞獲勝的機會化為烏有。risk冒險He didn't want to risk the chance of being discovered.他不想去冒被發現的風險。PREPOSITIONby any chance也許;萬一Are you by any chance Mr Ludd?你會不會就是路德先生?chance of⋯的可能性The missing climber's chances of survival are slim.那個失踪的登山者生還的可能性很渺茫。chance for⋯的可能性the variety with the best chance for success最有可能成功的品種PHRASESfat chance (informal) 極小的可能性Fat chance (= there is no chance) of him helping you!他幫你才怪呢!have every chance肯定She has every chance of passing the exam if she works hard.如果她努力就肯定能通過考試。no chance!不可能!'Will he lend us his car?' 'No chance!'“他會把車借給我們嗎?”“不可能!”not a snowball's chance in hell (informal) 什麼鬼希望也沒有There isn't a snowball's chance in hell (= there is no chance) that I'll wear that thing!我根本不可能穿那玩意兒!on the off chance (= just in case) 抱着一線希望I rang the company just on the off chance that they might have a vacancy.我抱着一線希望給這家公司打電話看是否有職位空缺。


2opportunity機會ADJECTIVE | ... OF CHANCE | VERB + CHANCE | CHANCE + VERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEequal, fair, good, great, ideal, wonderful均等的/公平的/很好的/絕佳的/理想的/絕妙的機會She played left-handed to give her opponent a fair chance.她用左手進行比賽以給對手一個較為公平的機會。This is the ideal chance for him to show his ability.這是他展示自己才能的理想機會。big大好機會This is your big chance, so grab it with both hands.這是你的一個大好機會,牢牢抓住吧。golden極好的機會He had wasted a golden chance to make history.他浪費了一個創造歷史的良機。once-in-a-lifetime, rare, unique千載難逢的/難得的/獨一無二的機會only唯一的機會He realized that this might be his only chance to save himself.他意識到這可能是他自救的唯一機會了。final, last, second最後的機會;第二次機會The teacher gave her one last chance to prove she could behave.老師給她最後一次機會,讓她證明她會遵守紀律。There are no second chances in this business.這一行不會有第二次機會。educational, life接受教育的機會;人生機遇The new college is intended to improve the life chances of children in the inner city.這所新學院旨在改善市中心貧民區孩子們的發展空間。clear, clear-cut, save, scoring (all sport體育) 明顯的/顯然的/挽救局面的/得分的機會He blew four of his seven save chances.7 次可挽救局面的機會,他搞砸了 4 次。... OF CHANCEelement幾率的因素There is always an element of chance in buying a used car.買二手車總會有一點兒碰運氣的成分。VERB + CHANCEget, have得到機會;有機會I finally had the chance to meet my hero.我終於有機會見到我心目中的英雄了。deserve應該得到機會He deserves the chance to give his side of the story.他應該有機會從他這一方說說這件事。enjoy, relish, welcome高興有機會;對機會感到興趣;歡迎機會I would welcome the chance to give my opinion.我很樂意有機會講講自己的觀點。afford (sb), give sb, offer (sb), provide (sb with)給(某人)機會;讓(某人)有機會deny sb拒絕給某人機會No child should be denied the chance of growing up in a family.任何孩子都不應被剝奪在家庭中長大的機會。await, wait for等待機會create, make (sport體育) 製造機會The team created several clear chances but failed to score.該隊製造了多個明顯的機會,但都沒得分。see, spot看見/發現機會She spotted her chance of making a quick profit.她發現了賺快錢的機會。grab, grasp, jump at, seize, take抓住機會;把握機會Travis had left the door open-she seized her chance and was through it like a shot.特拉維斯沒關門,她抓住這個機會嗖地躥了進去。Take every chance that comes your way.把握你遇到的每一個機會。blow (informal) , forfeit, lose, miss, pass up, squander, throw away, turn down, waste斷送機會;喪失機會;錯過機會;放過機會;浪費機會;丟掉機會;放棄機會
They blew their chance to go second in the league.他們丟了在聯賽中升到第二的機會。I wouldn't pass up the chance of working for them.我不會放過為他們工作的機會。CHANCE + VERBarise, come, come your way機會出現;機會來臨;碰到機會When the chance came to go to Paris, she jumped at it.去巴黎的機會一出現,她就毫不猶豫地抓住了。PREPOSITIONchance at⋯的機會Katie was his last real chance at happiness.凱蒂是他獲得幸福的最後真正的機會。He had been given a new chance at life.他獲得了一個新生的機會。PHRASESgiven the chance只要有機會Given the chance, I'd retire tomorrow.只要有機會,我明天就退休。half a chance一點兒機會The dog always runs off when it gets half a chance.一有機會這隻狗就逃跑。let a chance slip, let a chance slip away讓機會溜走If she let this chance slip, she would regret it for the rest of her life.如果她讓這次機會溜走,她會後悔一輩子的。


3risk風險VERB + CHANCE | PREPOSITION VERB + CHANCEtake冒險The guidebook didn't mention the hotel, but we decided to take a chance.旅遊指南中沒有提到這家旅館,但我們決定冒險試試。PREPOSITIONchance on在⋯上冒險The manager took a chance on the young goalkeeper.教練冒險一用這個年輕守門員。chance with對⋯冒險The police were taking no chances with the protesters.警方對付抗議者時,不敢有一點兒疏忽。


4luck/fortune運氣;機緣ADJECTIVE | VERB + CHANCE | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEmere, pure, sheer純粹的運氣random偶然的機緣happy, lucky幸運By a happy chance he bumped into an old friend on the plane.他很幸運,竟然在飛機上碰到了一個老朋友。unlucky不幸VERB + CHANCEleave sth to聽其自然Leaving nothing to chance, he delivered the letter himself.他親自送信確保萬無一失。PREPOSITIONby chance偶然The police came upon the hideout purely by chance.警方純粹是意外地發現了這個隱匿處。due to chance因為運氣The results could simply be due to chance.這些結果可能只不過是偶然碰運氣得來的。through chance憑運氣I got most answers right through sheer chance.我純粹是靠運氣答對了大部份題目。PHRASESa game of chance憑運氣的遊戲Chess is not a game of chance.國際象棋不是靠運氣取勝的。take your chances (= take a risk in the hope that things will turn out well) 冒險He took his chances and jumped into the water.他冒險跳進了水裏。
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0_0: Translations of chance
  • # v.
    發生: arise, bechance, befall, chance, come, eventuate
    正好: chance, happen
    正巧: chance, happen
  • # n.
    機: aeroplane, aircraft, chance, crucial point, engine, key link
    機會: chance, occasion, odds, opportunity
    偶然: chance, haphazard
    偶然性: chance, contingency, fortuity, haphazard
    時: chance, hour, opportunity, season, tense, time
    遇合: accident, chance, contingency, fortuity, haphazard, hazard
    運: carriage, chance, conveyance, destiny, doom, fate
    運氣: chance, destiny, doom, fate, fortune, honeyfall
  • # a.
    偶發: accidental, chance, fortuitous

0_0: Definitions of chance
  • # noun.
    - a possibility of something happening.
    * there is little chance of his finding a job
    - the occurrence and development of events in the absence of any obvious design.
    * he met his brother by chance
  • # adjective.
    - fortuitous; accidental.
    * a chance meeting
  • # verb.
    - do something by accident or without design.
    * if they chanced to meet
    - do (something) despite its being dangerous or of uncertain outcome.
    * she waited a few seconds and chanced another look

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