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Definition of opportunity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

opportunity

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌɒpəˈtjuːnəti//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːpərˈtuːnəti//
 
[countable, uncountable] (pl. opportunities)
 
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a time when a particular situation makes it possible to do or achieve something synonym chance opportunity (to do something) You'll have the opportunity to ask any questions at the end. This is the perfect opportunity to make a new start. opportunity (for something/for doing something) There was no opportunity for further discussion. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for relaxing once the work is done. opportunity (of doing something) At least give him the opportunity of explaining what happened. Our company promotes equal opportunities for women (= women are given the same jobs, pay, etc. as men). an equal opportunities employer career/employment/job opportunities The offer was too good an opportunity to miss. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their support. He is rude to me at every opportunity (= whenever possible). They intend to close the school at the earliest opportunity (= as soon as possible). a window of opportunity (= a period of time when the circumstances are right for doing something) see also photo opportunity Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French opportunite, from Latin opportunitas, from opportunus (see opportune).Extra examples He saw a great opportunity to make some money. May I take this opportunity to congratulate Ruth on her promotion. Students should take every opportunity to widen their experience. The ceasefire has created a window of opportunity to rescue the peace process. The company aimed to expand as and when opportunity offered. The job will offer you excellent opportunities for promotion. We are dedicated to the principle of equal opportunity. We didn’t get much opportunity to swim. We need to give them a reasonable opportunity to look at the display. We’ll have plenty of opportunity to talk later. When the opportunity came, I seized it with both hands. a golden opportunity to invest and export into new markets a missed sales opportunity an equal opportunities employer to provide better educational opportunities He is rude to me at every opportunity. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their support. Our company promotes equal opportunities for women. There are more job opportunities in the south. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for relaxing once the work is done. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions at the end.