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verb chance pronunciation in British English /tʃɑːns/
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present tense
I/you/we/theychance
he/she/itchances
present participlechancing
past tensechanced
past participlechanced
  1. 1
    [transitive] to do something even though you know it involves a risk

    He stepped back and chanced a look at Martha.

    chance it informal:

    It looked like rain so I decided not to chance it and brought my umbrella.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] mainly literary to do something in a way that is not planned
    chance to:

    Roger would have seen her if he had chanced to look round.

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