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.

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. Gary Bledsoe:

    People who exercise their constitutional right to not participate in a racist song, and are therefore denied an opportunity to play in a special band, that's just going to be an issue that's going to have a disparate impact on African-American band members, it’s like telling folks you have to engage in a racist activity and if you don’t, you can’t be in the band.

  2. Chief Financial Officer Mark Garrett:

    It's growing the most because it's attracting new users... hobbyists and consumers and people that would never buy the Creative products before, so it's expanded our market opportunity.

  3. Roberto Tascione:

    China is a complex but huge market with unmet needs in the area of respiratory diseases. We see great opportunity.

  4. Julie Wainwright:

    We have a huge opportunity in front of us. Two-thirds of it's outside the U.S. so at some point we'll go overseas but not in the near term.

  5. Marcus Ferdinand:

    I would consider today's outcome an own goal (by the industry committee) that has missed the opportunity to significantly influence the further process.

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