- 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
Examples from the Web for opportunity
In fact, these kinds of advances helped give religion another huge window of opportunity for racial reconciliation in the 1960s.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
I had the opportunity to appear on the popular Sons of Anarchy series in their final season.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
My view is that the attackers saw this as an opportunity for “lulz”, and a way to misdirect everyone.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
And in this era of impact-blind, across-the-board budget cuts, we see an opportunity.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
Neither officer had “the opportunity to draw their weapons,” according to police reports.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
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.Explorations in Australia
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
- a favourable, appropriate, or advantageous combination of circumstances
- a chance or prospect
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.