- 1[transitive] (informal) to risk something, although you know the result may not be successful chance something She was chancing her luck driving without a licence. ‘Take an umbrella.’ ‘No, I'll chance it’ (= take the risk that it may rain). chance doing something I stayed hidden; I couldn't chance coming out.
- 2linking verb (formal) to happen or to do something by chance chance to do something If I do chance to find out where she is, I'll inform you immediately. They chanced to be staying at the same hotel. it chanced (that)… It chanced (that) they were staying at the same hotel. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French cheance, from cheoir
BrE BrE//tʃɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//tʃæns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chance
BrE BrE//tʃɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//tʃæns//he / she / it chances
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːnsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænsɪz//past simple chanced
BrE BrE//tʃɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//tʃænst//past participle chanced
BrE BrE//tʃɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//tʃænst//-ing form chancing
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːnsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænsɪŋ//