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Line breaks: op¦por¦tun|ity
Pronunciation: /ɒpəˈtjuːnɪti

Definition of opportunity in English:

noun (plural opportunities)

1A time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something: increased opportunities for export the night drive gave us the opportunity of spotting rhinos
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  • I think he should be given the opportunity of looking at these before I make an order.
  • It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I was really pleased to have the chance to meet him.
  • There will be plenty of opportunities for family swimming in the new swimming and training pools.
chance, lucky chance, good time, golden opportunity, time, occasion, moment, favourable time/occasion/moment, right set of circumstances, appropriate time/occasion/moment, suitable time/occasion/moment, opportune time/occasion/moment, opening, option, window (of opportunity), slot, turn, go, (clear) run, field day;
possibility, scope, freedom, latitude, room to manoeuvre, elbow room;
North American & Australian/New Zealand show;
informal shot, break, look-in
1.1A chance for employment or promotion: career opportunities in our New York headquarters
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  • He went on to say that if the roads were built the employment opportunities would come.
  • It is developing a course to help unemployed people get in on these new employment opportunities.
  • He added that it was also good news for the people of Shap as there would be more employment opportunities.


late Middle English: from Old French opportunite, from Latin opportunitas, from opportunus (see opportune).


opportunity knocks

A chance of success occurs: with the right support, opportunity knocks
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  • Then one day opportunity knocks, but there's a price to pay…
  • World Book Day is on March 6 and opportunity knocks.
  • When opportunity knocks, these politicians tend to ignore it.

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