Vulgar Latin cadentia 'fall', from Latin cadere 'to fall'
[uncountable and countable]how possible or likely it is that something will happen, especially something you wantCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS there's a chance (that) (=it is possible that) there's every chance (that) (=it is very likely) some chance little chance no chance a good/fair chance (=something is likely) a slight/slim/outside chance (=something is unlikely) a fifty-fifty chance (=the possibility of something happening or not happening is equal) a million to one chance/a one in a million chance (=something is extremely unlikely to happen) lessen/minimize/reduce the chance(s) of something (=make it less likely) increase/improve the chance(s) of something (=make it more likely) chances are (=it is likely)
There's always the chance that something will go wrong.
British Englishspokenused to mean that the thing you want to happen is very unlikely:
'Do you think you'll get married?' 'Chance would be a fine thing!'
➔ game of chance
at game1 (15)WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: chance, chances, luckchancemeans possibility• There is a small chance he is still alive. • You've got a good chance of passing. chancealso means opportunity• You will have the chance to meet the star of the show.chancealso means that something happened by coincidence or was not planned• It was pure chance that we bought the same shoes. Someone's chances are the probability that they will do something• Her chances of finding him after all these years are slim. • He aims to win today - what are his chances?!! Use chances of doingsomething, not 'chances to do something'• Your chances of getting (NOT chances to get) a job are as good as anyone's.luckis when something good happens without being planned• He won more through luck than skill. • It was such luck that you were there to help me!
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.