noun op·por·tu·ni·ty \ ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē , -ˈtyü- \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of opportunity

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

Examples of opportunity in a Sentence

  1. 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 WidemanHarper'sMarch 2002
  2. Nowadays my only opportunity for an old-fashioned, self-indulgent sulk comes when I'm traveling. —Ian FrazierAtlanticMarch 2001
  3. 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 SmithIllustrated11 Sept. 2000
  4. More than 90 percent of female senior managers believe that men's and women's opportunities remain unequal … —Katha PollittAtlanticNovember 1997
  5. You'll have an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

  6. When the opportunity came for her to prove that she could do the job, she was ready.

  7. I had the rare opportunity of speaking to the president.

  8. Studying abroad provides a great opportunity to learn a foreign language.

  9. There are fewer job opportunities this year for graduates.

  10. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me with this book.

  11. He was given every opportunity to prove that he was trustworthy.

  12. There is plenty of opportunity for advancement within the company.

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Origin and Etymology of opportunity

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

opportunity Synonyms

Related Words

play, way;

juncture, pass;

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Definition of opportunity for English Language Learners

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

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noun op·por·tu·ni·ty \ ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of opportunity for Students

plural opportunities
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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