Definition of opportunity in English:

opportunity

Syllabification: op·por·tu·ni·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞onitē
 
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noun (plural opportunities)

  • 1A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something: we may see increased opportunities for export the collection gives students the opportunity of reading works by well-known authors
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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.
    Synonyms
    chance, lucky chance, favorable time/occasion/moment, time, right set of circumstances, occasion, moment, opening, option, window (of opportunity), turn, go, possibility
    informal shot, break, new lease on life
  • 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.

Phrases

opportunity knocks

A chance for success or advancement occurs.
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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.

Origin

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

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