Meaning of “opportunity” in the English Dictionary

"opportunity" in English

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opportunitynoun

uk /ˌɒp.əˈtʃuː.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 love going out dancing, 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 some great opportunities now for engineers trained in computer-aided design.

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(Definition of “opportunity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"opportunity" in American English

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opportunitynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌɑp·ərˈtu·nɪ·t̬i/

an occasion or situation which makes it possible to do something that you want to do or have to do, or the possibility of doing something:

[ C ] She was given the opportunity to manage a day-care center.
[ C ] The university is not providing enough recreational opportunities for the community.
[ U ] He had ample opportunity to examine the car.

(Definition of “opportunity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"opportunity" in Business English

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opportunitynoun

uk /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 opportunities
an opportunity for sb We need to create more opportunities for young graduates.

(Definition of “opportunity” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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opportunity

The opportunity must be there of learning.
Today we are discussing a technical opportunity that may be able to help us solve the environmental problems caused by vehicles.
We must give them this opportunity.
Even though they contain the odd contradiction, this range of texts gives us the opportunity to draw up a detailed and customised progress report on the negotiations.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the rapporteur on the dynamism and perseverance he has displayed in this connection.
Firstly, it gives us the opportunity to reiterate that we all condemn hooliganism and that we all obviously want to fight this phenomenon to the best of our ability.
I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate - grateful but sad that the debate is necessary at all.
I understand the presidency' s conclusions as confirming the goal that every section of society should have the opportunity to benefit from new technology.
We do not know whether its potential can be implemented on a large scale, but we should make the most of the opportunity.
As we well know, the main result of research is knowledge, followed by the opportunity to enhance that result in the economic sector, or indeed the industrial sector.

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