op·​por·​tu·​ni·​ty | \ ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē How to pronounce opportunity (audio) , -ˈtyü- \
plural opportunities

Definition of opportunity

1 : a favorable juncture of circumstances the halt provided an opportunity for rest and refreshment
2 : a good chance for advancement or progress

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A phony war because its stated objective—eradicating terrorism—is impossible and serves to mask unstated, alarmingly open-ended goals, a kind of fishing expedition that provides an opportunity for America to display its intimidating arsenal … — John Edgar Wideman, Harper's, March 2002 Nowadays my only opportunity for an old-fashioned, self-indulgent sulk comes when I'm traveling. — Ian Frazier, Atlantic, March 2001 I'm handing you an opportunity in the heart of the city where the whole world's heading: journalists, corporate leeches, Japanese tourists, Greco-Roman wrestlers. — Gary Smith, Illustrated, 11 Sept. 2000 More than 90 percent of female senior managers believe that men's and women's opportunities remain unequal … — Katha Pollitt, Atlantic, November 1997 You'll have an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation. When the opportunity came for her to prove that she could do the job, she was ready. I had the rare opportunity of speaking to the president. Studying abroad provides a great opportunity to learn a foreign language. There are fewer job opportunities this year for graduates. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me with this book. He was given every opportunity to prove that he was trustworthy. There is plenty of opportunity for advancement within the company.
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Recent Examples on the Web These two-to-three-week projects give you the opportunity to test out a solution before moving ahead with a full-blown project. Carlos Melendez, Forbes, "Avoiding The Financial Pitfalls Of Digital Transformation," 12 May 2021 Garland has memories of watching the U.S. in international competition as a youth, and said the opportunity means a lot to him. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "For four Coyotes, hockey continues at World Championship tournament later this month," 12 May 2021 From there, each coach got the opportunity to save one more of their singers. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'The Voice': Kelly Clarkson has a leg up after half the contestants are eliminated," 12 May 2021 Their initiatives provided ongoing support for Black designers through the pandemic and gave young creators such as Annece and Cimone the opportunity to grow as a label. Rosemary Akpan, Travel + Leisure, "This Black Women-owned Brand Makes Some of the Most Unique Travel Accessories Out There," 12 May 2021 The bounce-back opportunity comes quickly -- perhaps too much so. Dallas News, "‘That game is on me’: Mavs’ Luka Doncic shoulders blame for Dallas’ dismal loss to Memphis," 12 May 2021 The Panthers also recognized the immense marketing opportunity this presents. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Patrick Baldwin Jr., one of the state's highest-rated basketball recruits ever, will play at UW-Milwaukee. Here's how Twitter reacted.," 12 May 2021 Mauricio, his father, that this becomes the opportunity to come together and reject violence. Stefano Pozzebon And Florencia Trucco, CNN, "Colombian protest leader Lucas Villa, who was shot eight times, dies," 11 May 2021 The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards will again give iHeartRadio listeners the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Usher Set to Host 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards," 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of opportunity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for opportunity

Middle English oportunyte, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French oportunité, borrowed from Latin opportūnitāt-, opportūnitās, from opportūnus "convenient, opportune" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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The first known use of opportunity was in the 14th century

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14 May 2021

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“Opportunity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportunity. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of opportunity

: an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done


op·​por·​tu·​ni·​ty | \ ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē How to pronounce opportunity (audio) , -ˈtyü- \
plural opportunities

Kids Definition of opportunity

1 : a favorable combination of circumstances, time, and place He practices guitar at every opportunity.
2 : a chance for greater success “… learning secretarial skills is an exciting opportunity for me …”— Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy

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