Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “opportunist”

opportunist

noun [C]  /ˌɑp·ərˈtu·nɪst/ disapproving us  
a person who takes advantage of every chance for success without thinking about the effects on other people: There will always be opportunists ready to play on the public’s fears and prejudices.
opportunistic
adjective  /ˌɑp·ər·tuˈnɪs·tɪk/ us  
Our team was pretty opportunistic and took advantage of some mistakes.
(Definition of opportunist from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of opportunist?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Advantage and disadvantage, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “opportunist” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More