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opportunity

noun uk   /ˌɒp.əˈtjuː.nə.ti/ us    /ˌɑː.pɚˈtuː.nə.t̬i/
B1 [C or U] an occasion or situation that makes it possible to do something that you want to do or have to do, or the possibility of doing something: Everyone will have an opportunity to comment. I was never given the opportunity of going to college. [+ to infinitive] The exhibition is a unique opportunity to see her later work. An ankle injury meant she missed the opportunity to run in the qualifying heat. formal Please contact us at the earliest opportunity (= as soon as possible). He goes fishing at every opportunity (= as often as possible). I used to enjoy going to the theatre, but I don't get much opportunity now. He had a golden (= an extremely good) opportunity to score in the first half but squandered it.B2 [C] the chance to get a job: employment/job opportunities opportunities for young graduates There are far more opportunities now for school-leavers than there were 50 years ago.
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in Korean 기회…
in Arabic فُرْصة…
in French occasion…
in Turkish fırsat, uygun zaman, vesile…
in Italian opportunità, occasione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 機遇, 時機, 機會…
in Russian возможность, удобный случай, перспектива…
in Polish okazja, możliwość…
in Spanish oportunidad, ocasión…
in Portuguese oportunidade, ocasião…
in German die Gelegenheit…
in Catalan oportunitat…
in Japanese 機会…
in Chinese (Simplified) 机遇, 时机, 机会…
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