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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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Roe leak came as a surprise, leaving politicians to react in real time with little opportunity to calculate a strategic public response. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 The Brooks and Britt campaigns, late last month, agreed on three dates for debating with the first possible opportunity occurring on Tuesday. al, 10 May 2022 Then last spring, a friend of hers reached out with a job opportunity for a similar role, but at a bigger company. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 6 May 2022 The period began with an overdue power-play opportunity. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Rivalry provides leaders with an opportunity to clearly articulate their vision for the future and an assessment of potential threats so that others can choose to follow them or not. Sam Mizrahi, Forbes, 2 May 2022 My dear Taurus, this month you will be faced with an opportunity to finally forgive your past once and for all. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 May 2022 The May 9 commemorations provide the Kremlin with an important opportunity to maintain popular resolve in the war. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 1 May 2022 For Coan, the signing meant his decision to sign with Notre Dame as a graduate transfer last offseason ultimately ended up paying off with an NFL opportunity. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportunity. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for opportunity


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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