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[op-er-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-] /ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/
noun, plural opportunities.
an appropriate or favorable time or occasion:
Their meeting afforded an opportunity to exchange views.
a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.
a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.
Origin of opportunity
1350-1400; Middle English opportunite < Middle French < Latin opportūnitās convenience, fitness, equivalent to opportūn(us) (see opportune) + -itās- -ity Unabridged
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  • Moreover, she will never again have opportunity to exert influence over me.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Kate and Harry, meanwhile, awaited their opportunity to go in and visit Aunt Jane.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • We have not had an opportunity of hearing of Mr. Barlee, or what he has done since he was in Adelaide.

  • No one justly may deny the equality of opportunity which made us what we are.

  • But he is now gone where he will scarcely have the opportunity even of such conversation.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for opportunity


noun (pl) -ties
a favourable, appropriate, or advantageous combination of circumstances
a chance or prospect
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Word Origin and History for opportunity

late 14c., from Old French opportunite (13c.) and directly from Latin opportunitatem (nominative opportunitas) "fitness, convenience, suitableness, favorable time," from opportunus (see opportune). Opportunity cost attested from 1911. Expression opportunity knocks but once (at any man's door) attested from 1898.

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