American English

Definition of chance verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chance
    he / she / it chances
    past simple chanced
    -ing form chancing
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  1. 1(informal) to risk something, although you know the result may not be successful chance something “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.
  2. 2(formal) to happen or to do something by chance it chanced (that)… It chanced (that) they were staying at the same hotel. chance to do something They chanced to be staying at the same hotel. If I do chance to find out where she is, I'll inform you immediately.
  3. Phrasal Verbschance on/upon somebody/something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: chance