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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.
1350-1400; Middle English opportunite < Middle French < Latin opportūnitās convenience, fitness, equivalent to opportūn(us) (see opportune) + -itās- -ity Unabridged
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  • How to find work or volunteer opportunities abroad.
  • It is essential, however, to provide a balance of opportunities for students to explore and enrich their lives.
  • The firm raised private capital as opportunities arose, avoiding the need to take public money when markets froze.
  • Judgment as to the acceptability of those costs requires an understanding of environmental opportunities and constraints.
  • Not the weather, not the hiking, not the job opportunities.
  • Indeed, with all the ways to reach an audience, there have never been more opportunities for artists.
  • At the same time, the futures market offers no new opportunities to stable investors seeking to invest for the long term.
  • opportunities expand even more for workers who earned a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • They set only the broadest of objectives and emphasised seizing unforeseen opportunities as they arose.
  • It's legal and for them it's a livelihood in a region that offers little financial opportunities outside fishing.
British Dictionary definitions for opportunities


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



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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