opportunity meaning

[ ˌɔpə'tju:niti ] Pronunciation:   "opportunity" in a sentence
Noun: opportunity  `ópur't(y)oonitee
  1. A possibility due to a favourable combination of circumstances
    "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"
    - chance

Derived forms: opportunities

See also: opportune

Type of: possibility, possibleness

Encyclopedia: Opportunity Opportunity, WA Opportunity, Washington

AmE / noun [C,U] (plural opportunities)


a time when a particular situation makes it possible for you to do sth or achieve sth:

Which markets offer the greatest opportunity for growth?

We aim to create opportunities for our employees to have contact with customers.

The central bank may take the opportunity to raise interest rates.

The offer was too good an opportunity to miss.

exploring new business/market opportunities

The Internet has created a window of opportunity (= a period of time when the circumstances are right for doing sth) for the online travel industry to grow.

At least give her the opportunity of explaining what happened.

❖ to create/offer/open up/present/provide opportunities

◆ to exploit/have/look for/see/seize/take an opportunity

◆ an opportunity arises/exists business/investment/market opportunities

career/employment/job opportunities

◆ a lost/missed opportunity


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  1. this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
  2. job legh took the opportunity of speaking.
  3. every student has an opportunity to study.
  4. i take every opportunity of speaking english.
  5. we took the opportunity of visiting the palace.

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