opportunity

noun
op·​por·​tu·​ni·​ty | \ ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē How to pronounce opportunity (audio) , -ˈtyü- \
plural opportunities

Essential Meaning of opportunity

: an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done : chance You'll have an/the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation. There were many missed opportunities (to score) throughout the game. See More ExamplesWhen the opportunity came for her to prove that she could do the job, she was ready. I had the rare/unique opportunity of speaking to the president. Studying abroad provides a great opportunity to learn a foreign language. This sort of opportunity comes along once in a lifetime. = This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There are fewer job/employment opportunities this year for graduates. This is a golden opportunity. [=an excellent chance to do or get something] 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. The dog ran away at every opportunity. [=whenever it was able to] Please call us at your earliest opportunity. [=please call us as soon as you can] We will correct the error at the first opportunity. [=as soon as we are able to] There is plenty of opportunity for advancement within the company. The contract provides us with a two-year window of opportunity. [=two years to do something that we want to do] the land of opportunity [=a place where there are many opportunities; a place where people have many chances to succeed, achieve things, etc.] You need to be ready when opportunity knocks. [=when you get the chance to do something you want to do]Hide

Full 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 The reason: The sudden fall in ARK shares presented a matchless buying opportunity. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 Choosing to deny him a life-extending opportunity because he has been rotten to you would be understandable. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 Eventually, the former Broncos head coach will get a second opportunity somewhere. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 10 Jan. 2022 The speech is another important opportunity for Whitmer, both as chief executive of the state and as a political candidate on the ballot this year. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 10 Jan. 2022 In addition to newcomers like Rosales, Project Red Texas is also aiding South Texans like Brandon Barrera, who has been long involved in GOP politics for years but sees a new opportunity to run. San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2022 While Orlando hasn’t found a way to close out tight games yet, the players are hopeful that each loss can serve as a learning opportunity that could pay off in future seasons. Christian Simmons, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Jan. 2022 When a once in a lifetime opportunity presents itself, Jake commits an act of literary theft that changes his life. Selome Hailu, Variety, 10 Jan. 2022 Some in the tech industry see it as a bigger market opportunity than VR eventually but more difficult to develop. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022

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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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14 Jan 2022

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“Opportunity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportunity. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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