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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The mother of Stormi has decided that the final 24 hours of the year are just the perfect opportunity to undergo a major makeover, which has left the star almost unrecognizable thanks to her most colorful hair yet. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Hair Is Now Super Short and Bright Blue," 31 Dec. 2018 While switching to renewable energy, electrifying vehicles, and deploying carbon capture systems won’t be cheap, the overall shift toward a cleaner economy is a huge business opportunity. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The royal tradition, known as the King's Christmas Message, began in 1932, and the short address was an opportunity for the monarch to reflect on the year's major events and the royal family's personal milestones. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "How the Queen's First Televised Christmas Broadcast Changed the Royal Family Forever," 25 Dec. 2018 For those with sensitive skin, every attempt to try a new makeup trend is another opportunity to welcome contact dermatitis, aka an allergic reaction. SELF, "12 Makeup Brands Dermatologists Recommend for Sensitive Skin," 23 Dec. 2018 So there is an opportunity to get people there twice as fast at half the price. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "JetBlue Founder David Neeleman on How New Airline Moxy Will Change the Way We Fly," 12 Dec. 2018 This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify on Capitol Hill in days," 2 Oct. 2018 After fans were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite contestants, Tuesday night's elimination revealed who would be moving forward in the competition. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Adam Levine Gave a Heated Speech About 'The Voice' Results: 'I'm Really, Really Shocked'," 28 Nov. 2018 Make sure to stay somewhere that gives you the opportunity to do more than just safari. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Your Ultimate African Safari Guide," 12 Nov. 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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