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chance (2 is now archaic, 5 is obsolete)
1. fortuitous circumstance, accident Wint. II. iii. 182 “Where chance may nurse or end it,” Troil. III. iii. 131, Cor. IV. iv. 20, Lucr. 1596; so “by chance” LLL. V. ii. 219, Ham. IV. vii. 161.
2. something that happens, event, occurrence; esp. unfortunate event, mishap 2H4 IV. ii. 81 “ill chances,” Rom. V. iii. 146, Mac. II. iii. 98, Ham. V. ii. 348 “You that look pale and tremble at this chance.”
3. opportunity, possibility of good or bad fortune Mer.V. II. i. 43 “bring me unto my chance,” Cym. V. iv. 132 “I, That have this golden chance” ; so “take” (one's) “chance” John I. i. 151; “main chance,” chief or paramount issue 2H4 III. i. 83 “a man may prophesy . . . of the main chance of things.”
4. fortune, good or ill Wiv. V. i. 5, Troil. Prol. 31 “the chance of war,” Mac. I. iii. 143 “If chance will have me king,” Oth. IV. i. 278.
5. piece of (good) fortune, a person's fortune, luck, or lot Tw.N. III. iv. 179 “if it be thy chance to kill me,” 1H6 V. iv. 4, Troil. IV. v. 149, Cor. IV. vii. 40 “those chances Which he was lord of,” Ant. II. iii. 35.
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