What does opportunity mean?

Definitions for opportunity
ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu-op·por·tu·ni·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. opportunity, chancenoun

    a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

    "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"


  1. Opportunitynoun

    Fit or convenient time or situation; a time or place permitting or favorable for the execution of a purpose; a suitable combination of conditions; suitable occasion; chance.


  1. opportunitynoun

    a chance for advancement, progress or profit.

  2. opportunitynoun

    a favorable circumstance or occasion

  3. Opportunitynoun

    a Mars exploration rover that landed January 24, 2004. See wikipedia entry

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Opportunitynoun

    Fit fit place; time; convenience; suitableness of circumstances to any end.

    Etymology: opportunite, Fr. opportunitas, Lat.

    A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Mens behaviour should be like their apparel, not too straight but free for exercise. Francis Bacon, Essay 53.

    Opportunity, like a sudden gust,
    Hath swell’d my calmer thoughts into a tempest.
    Accursed opportunity!
    That work’st our thoughts into desires, desires
    To resolutions; those being ripe and quicken’d,
    Thou giv’st them birth, and bring’st them forth to action. John Denham.

    Tho’ their advice be good, their counsel wise,
    Yet length still loses opportunities. John Denham.

    Neglect no opportunity of doing good, nor check thy desire of doing it, by a vain fear of what may happen. Francis Atterbury.

    All poets have taken an opportunity to give long descriptions of the night. , Notes on the Odyssey.


  1. opportunity

    Opportunity generally refers to a favorable or advantageous set of circumstances that arise from various factors, such as events, situations, or conditions. It encompasses a chance to achieve or obtain something desired, gain an advantage, or make progress towards a desired outcome. Opportunities can range from personal or professional prospects, business prospects, educational or career prospects, or any situation that can lead to potential success or improvement. Recognizing and seizing opportunities often involves assessing risks, making informed decisions, and taking appropriate actions to capitalize on the potential benefits they offer.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. opportunity

    1. The only Knocker that is welcome. 2. Health and a job.

Editors Contribution

  1. opportunity

    A possibility to create change and progress in order of priority.

    An opportunity presented itself so they listened and did progress and succeed with their collective goal because they knew it was easy, possible and simple.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opportunity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1001

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opportunity' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1008

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opportunity' in Nouns Frequency: #244

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of opportunity in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of opportunity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of opportunity in a Sentence

  1. John Tavares:

    As a kid, cheering for the Leafs growing up, you start to get those feelings again, once I went through the interview process and got that and what it was like as a kid watching the Leafs and following my favorite players, i thought the timing was too good. It was an opportunity I didn't want to turn down. I'm very fortunate to be here and call myself a Maple Leaf.

  2. Jeffrey Salkin:

    He has taken every opportunity to vilify women, Muslims, Mexicans, immigrants and the disabled.

  3. Christian Tom:

    Pride logo. A Biden campaign director told The Verge, Animal Crossingis a dynamic, diverse, and powerful platform that brings communities together from across the world. The Verge is an exciting new opportunity for our campaign to engage and connect Biden-Harris supporters as they build and decorate their islands. CNNS DON LEMON PRAISES BIDEN AFTER URGING HIM TO CONDEMN RIOTS : HE PUT TRUMP ON HIS HEELS As we enter the final campaign stretch towards November, this is one way we are finding new creative and innovative ways to meet voters where they are and bring our supporters together.

  4. Manager Jackson Pkemoi:

    Five people who are not elite athletes and only trained for eight months. It is amazing and it's an opportunity which we are not taking for granted.

  5. Ira Mehlman:

    We have what can be described as modern-day slavery, human traffickers (as opposed to smugglers) lure unsuspecting migrants with promises of all sorts of opportunity in the U.S., and then hold them hostage once they arrive here with threats of violence against them, or family members back home. Often people who are trafficked are forced to work in the sex trades.

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