opportunity

noun
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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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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With Washington and Travis both temporarily sidelined by injuries at different points late in the season, Richards and Montgomery were provided additional opportunities to prove their worth. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's returning bigs will compete, whether Kerry Blackshear is at UK or not," 7 June 2019 This is the latest blockbuster opportunity for Cena, who starred in last year’s Transformers spinoff Bumblebee and recently enlisted in James Gunn’s new Suicide Squad film. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "John Cena straps in for Fast & Furious 9," 7 June 2019 There have been seven warrant withdrawal opportunities since 2016, the last in November of last year. James Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee judges say helping people earn back their driver licenses could cut down on reckless driving," 7 June 2019 Sunday’s show at the Pie Shop marks a rare opportunity to see this in action. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 7 June 2019 New projects are going up near the city center and throughout the suburbs, where developers see opportunities in areas such as The Woodlands and Clear Lake. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Healthy rental market spurs flurry of activity from urban core to suburbs," 7 June 2019 The new set-up will open up daycare to more employees, while offering similar benefits, pay, and better career opportunities to staff at the centers, the company told employees in an email. oregonlive.com, "Nike plans to close on-site daycare, triggering employee backlash," 7 June 2019 Conant hoped that by setting a dispassionate standard for academic potential and opening access to educational opportunity across classes and regions, an intellectual governing elite would arise. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019 Younger people are more accustomed to technology and can use it to find opportunities quicker. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "49% of Americans Under Age 35 Now Report Having a 'Side Hustle'," 6 June 2019

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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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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 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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