Synonyms of chance in English:

chance


See definition of chance

noun

1‘there was a reasonable chance that he might be released’

SYNONYMS
possibility, prospect, probability, odds, likelihood, likeliness, expectation, anticipation, conceivability, feasibility, plausibility
risk, threat, menace, hazard, danger, fear, peril, liability
hope, opportunity, promise
ANTONYMS

unlikelihood

2‘I gave her a chance to answer’

SYNONYMS
opportunity, opening, occasion, turn, time, moment, window, window of opportunity, slot
North American, Australian, New Zealand show
Canadian a kick at the can, a kick at the cat
informal break, shot, look-in

3‘‘Test them,’ Nigel said, taking an awful chance’

SYNONYMS
risk, gamble, hazard, venture, speculation, long shot, leap in the dark, pig in a poke, lottery, pot luck
ANTONYMS

certainty

4‘it was pure chance that made me notice the writing’

SYNONYMS
accident, coincidence, serendipity, fate, a twist of fate, destiny, fortuity, fortune, providence, freak, hazard
a piece of good fortune, luck, a bit of luck, good luck, a bit of good luck, a fluke, a happy chance
North American happenstance

adjective

1‘a chance discovery’

SYNONYMS
accidental, occurring by accident, occurring by chance, fortuitous, adventitious, fluky, coincidental, casual, serendipitous, random, aleatory
unexpected, unforeseen, unanticipated, unforeseeable, unlooked-for
unintentional, unintended, inadvertent, involuntary, unplanned, unpremeditated, unthinking, unmeant
unwitting, unknowing, unconscious, subconscious
ANTONYMS

intentional, planned


verb

1‘I chanced to meet him a year or so later’

SYNONYMS
happen

2‘I waited a few seconds and chanced another look’

SYNONYMS
risk, hazard, venture, try, try one's luck with
formal essay

Phrases

    by chance

    ‘I came across the book by chance’


    SYNONYMS

    fortuitously, by accident, accidentally, coincidentally, serendipitously, unintentionally, inadvertently

    unwittingly, unknowingly, unawares, unconsciously

    ANTONYMS

    intentionally, knowingly

    chance on/upon

    ‘a passing motorist chanced on the scene’


    SYNONYMS

    come across, run across, run into, happen on, hit on, light on, come upon, stumble on, blunder on, find by chance, meet, meet by chance

    informal

    bump into

    archaic

    run against