* chaunce (obsolete)
(countable) An opportunity or possibility.
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, passage=Here was my chance
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(uncountable) Random occurrence; luck.
(countable) The probability of something happening.
(Terms derived from the noun "chance")
* Buckley's chance
* by chance
* chance'd be a fine thing
* chance fracture
* chances are
* Chinaman's chance
* dog's chance
* even chance
* fair chance
* fat chance
* fighting chance
* first-chance exception
* game of chance
* half a chance
* happy chance
* in with a chance
* jump at the chance
* last chance
* last chance saloon
* main chance
* mum chance
* not a chance
* off chance/off-chance
* outside chance
* slim chance
* smart chance
* snowball's chance
* snowball's chance in hell
* sporting chance
* stand a chance
(archaic) To happen by chance, to occur.
* Bible, Deuteronomy xxii. 6
- It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.
- if a bird's nest chance to be before thee
* 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), '', book 2, ch. XV, ''Practical — Devotional
- I chanced on this letter.
* 1847 , , (Jane Eyre), Chapter XVIII
- Once it chanced that Geoffrey Riddell (Bishop of Ely), a Prelate rather troublesome to (w), made a request of him for timber from his woods towards certain edifices going on at (Glemsford).
(archaic) To befall; to happen to.
* 1826 , William Lambarde, A Perambulation of Kent
- Mr. Mason, shivering as some one chanced to open the door, asked for more coal to be put on the fire, which had burnt out its flame, though its mass of cinder still shone hot and red. The footman who brought the coal, in going out, stopped near Mr. Eshton's chair, and said something to him in a low voice, of which I heard only the words, "old woman,"—"quite troublesome."
To try or risk.
* W. D. Howells
- Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance a rainstorm?
To discover something by chance.
- Come what will, I will chance it.
- He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.
(rare) Happening]] by [[#Noun, chance, casual.
* 1859 , (Charles Dickens), (A Tale of Two Cities)'', ch. VI, ''The Shoe Maker (Heron Book Centenial Edition)
- No crowd was about the door; no people were discernible at any of the many windows; not even a chance passer-by was in the street. An unnatural silence and desertion reigned there.
* (l) (obsolete)
- It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street.. He halted opposite the Privy Gardens, and, with his face turned skywards, listened until the sound of the Tower guns smote again on the ear and dispelled his doubts .
(ambitransitive) To lack confidence in; to disbelieve, question, or suspect.
- He doubted that was really what you meant.
- Even in matters divine, concerning some things, we may lawfully doubt
(archaic) To fear; to suspect.
* 1819 , Lord Byron, Don Juan , I.186:
- To try your love and make you doubt of mine.
(obsolete) To fear; to be apprehensive of.
* R. of Gloucester
- He fled, like Joseph, leaving it; but there, / I doubt , all likeness ends between the pair.
- Edmond [was a] good man and doubted God.
- I doubt some foul play.
(obsolete) To fill with fear; to affright.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- I of doubted danger had no fear.
- The virtues of the valiant Caratach / More doubt me than all Britain.