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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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