Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “opportunity”

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.Opportunity Freedom to act 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.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
(Definition of opportunity from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of opportunity?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Opportunity, 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 “opportunity” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hoppy

like hops (= dried fruit used to make beer)

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More