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"opportunist" in British English

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opportunistnoun [C]

uk   /ˌɒp.əˈtjuː.nɪst/  us   /ˌɑː.pɚˈtuː-/ usually disapproving

opportunistadjective [usually before noun]

uk   /ˌɒp.əˈtjuː.nɪst/  us   /ˌɑː.pɚˈtuː-/ usually disapproving
(Definition of opportunist from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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opportunistnoun [C]

 us   /ˌɑp·ərˈtu·nɪst/ disapproving
a ​person who ​takesadvantage 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  us   /ˌɑp·ər·tuˈnɪs·tɪk/
Our ​team was ​pretty opportunistic and took ​advantage of some ​mistakes.
(Definition of opportunist from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"opportunist" in Business English

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opportunistnoun [C]

uk   /ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪst/  us   /ˌɒpərˈtuːnɪst/ disapproving
someone who ​tries to get ​power or an ​advantage in every ​situation: He was portrayed as a ruthless opportunist.

opportunistadjective

uk   /ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪst/  us   /ˌɒpərˈtuːnɪst/ (also opportunistic) disapproving
using a ​situation to get ​power or an ​advantage: The ​airline is ​concerned about the possibility of opportunistic ​strikes by ​staff.
(Definition of opportunist from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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