opportunity

noun
op·​por·​tu·​ni·​ty | \ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē, -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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Synonyms for opportunity

Synonyms

break, chance, occasion, opening, room, shot

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Examples of opportunity in a Sentence

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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And also a perfect opportunity to just keep it very simple. Bridget Read, Vogue, "A Brief Oral History of Boygenius," 31 Oct. 2018 Brown also hinted on the red carpet that Randall will be faced with a new career opportunity in Season 3, and that Jack's time in Vietnam will play a major role in upcoming episodes. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sterling K Brown Just Shared Some This Is Us Season 3 Spoilers," 17 Sep. 2018 The company listed a range of full-time opportunities in different fields. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "Amazon Is Hiring Over 200 Work-From-Home Positions With Benefits," 9 Aug. 2018 The opportunity for a showcase in front of NBA scouts and executives turned into something less. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rashad Vaughn career at a crossroad, as Heat summer play comes to an end," 15 July 2018 Isaiah Thomas's stock has never been lower, but Denver provides a winning opportunity, with a low-risk one-year commitment for both sides, to rejuvenate his career. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Grades: Isaiah Thomas Can Rejuvenate Career in Nuggets' Low-Risk Gamble," 13 July 2018 Shanghai was a land of reinvention and opportunity. Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, WSJ, "‘City of Devils’ Review: Chicago on the Huangpu," 13 July 2018 And the conclusions place Novartis in a very unflattering light, as the documents indicate the company saw the arrangement as a golden opportunity to buy access to the White House. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018 Breaking down barriers is exciting and opens up new opportunities, especially in the Middle East and other areas. Ilene Bassler, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Strict immigration policies ripple through talent pool," 12 July 2018

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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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opportunity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of opportunity

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

opportunity

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