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opportunity

noun
 
 
/ˌɒpəˈtjuːnəti/ US   /ˌɒpərˈtuːnəti/ (plural opportunities)
[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: an opportunity to do sth There will be an opportunity to discuss the matter again next week.an opportunity for sth Fast internet service in rural areas provided a new opportunity for prosperity.get/have an opportunity Everyone will have the opportunity to comment.give/offer/provide an opportunity The merger offers an excellent opportunity for growth in the Asian market.take/seize an opportunity We need to seize this opportunity while we can.miss/lose an opportunity I've been invited to speak at the conference – it's an opportunity that's too good to miss. You should include employees in decision-making at every opportunity. Please contact us at the earliest opportunity. He left because there was a lack of opportunity for promotion.
[C ] a chance to get a job: employment/job opportunitiesan opportunity for sb We need to create more opportunities for young graduates.
→ See also Equal Employment Opportunity, equal opportunities
(Definition of opportunity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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