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 If weather or other issues prevent a launch on the first night, the team will have another opportunity on the next day, and subsequent launch attempts can take place through February 2022. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Nov. 2021 Spegal should have more opportunity Saturday when the Hoosiers (2-8, 0-7 in the Big Ten) host Minnesota (6-4, 4-3) at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Nov. 2021 Wake Forest had an opportunity to reach the playoff entering the week after being ranked No. 10 in the playoff committee rankings. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2021 Vero Beach had an opportunity late with the ball inside the Broncos 30-yard line and were stopped on a fourth-down run with 2:22 left. Alex Kushel, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Nov. 2021 Ullah began writing the show all those years ago and had the opportunity to develop it at the Public Theatre, although the Writers production is the first production of the show. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Probably shouldn't have come to that for the Cardinals, who had every opportunity to move the ball (and score) on their preceding possession. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 19 Nov. 2021 Vulnerable parents and children were harmed by the previous administration, and the government now has the opportunity to make restitution. Raul A. Reyes, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 San Diego State has opportunity to reach 10 wins for fifth time in six full seasons San Diego State went nearly four decades between double-digit winning football seasons. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 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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22 Nov 2021

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“Opportunity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportunity. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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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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