Definition of “opportunity” - English Dictionary

“opportunity” in British 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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