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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Second-degree connections on LinkedIn each represent an opportunity to connect with a future hire or future customer through your own network. Mike Mayer, Forbes, "Beyond The Old-School Talent Pool," 17 Apr. 2021 That opportunity came Friday night at San Antonio during a 107-106 Blazers victory. oregonlive, "Anfernee Simons stays ready, steps up with big performance in Trail Blazers’ win at San Antonio," 17 Apr. 2021 While all three quarterbacks were given equal opportunity to compete, the assumption all along was that Stroud entered the spring in an advantageous position. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s C.J. Stroud showed in the Spring Game why he leads the quarterback competition," 17 Apr. 2021 Privacy advocates say the trend also gives theme parks greater opportunity to use the visitors’ information to upsell them on merchandise, food and drinks, among other purchases. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Apps help theme parks boost their COVID safety — and collect data on you," 17 Apr. 2021 And Britain's continued coronavirus restrictions may limit how much opportunity the brothers will get to smooth over their differences. BostonGlobe.com, "Harry and William were seen chatting together after funeral of Prince Philip," 17 Apr. 2021 Step two is to use every paycheck as an opportunity to become less dependent on your next paycheck. Chris Taylor Reuters, Star Tribune, "Writer advises women to 'think like a breadwinner' for financial success," 17 Apr. 2021 The injury to Jordan Morris gives the rest of the Western Conference an opportunity to overtake Seattle. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "What you need to know for MLS 2021 opening weekend: Live TV and streaming info, game schedule, power rankings," 16 Apr. 2021 Her growth both on and off the court has led to another great opportunity ahead in professional basketball. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette's Selena Lott didn't get drafted, but she'll still get a chance in the WNBA," 16 Apr. 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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20 Apr 2021

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“Opportunity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportunity. Accessed 20 Apr. 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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