op·​por·​tu·​ni·​ty ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē How to pronounce opportunity (audio)
plural opportunities
: a favorable juncture of circumstances
the halt provided an opportunity for rest and refreshment
: a good chance for advancement or progress

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Creator Robert Rodat, working from the book of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix, shares some of the blame for the series’ soggy storylines and leaden repetitiveness, but his scripts certainly provide enough opportunities for the director to put on a show. Ben Travers, IndieWire, 18 July 2024 But the long-term opportunity around generative AI hasn’t changed. Morgan Chittum,kevin Stankiewicz, CNBC, 17 July 2024 Burnes, a four-time All-Star, earned the opportunity to start Tuesday for the first time in his career after his stellar first half. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 17 July 2024 Now in its third year, the program aims to create opportunities for underrepresented Northern English writers transitioning from theater to television. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for opportunity 

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Word History


Middle English oportunyte, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French oportunité, borrowed from Latin opportūnitāt-, opportūnitās, from opportūnus "convenient, opportune" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of opportunity was in the 14th century

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“Opportunity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportunity. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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op·​por·​tu·​ni·​ty ˌäp-ər-ˈt(y)ü-nət-ē How to pronounce opportunity (audio)
plural opportunities
: a favorable combination of circumstances, time, and place
: a chance to better oneself

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