[op-er-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-]
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

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opportunity (ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  a favourable, appropriate, or advantageous combination of circumstances
2.  a chance or prospect

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. opportunite (13c.), from L. opportunitatem (nom. opportunitas) "fitness, suitableness, favorable time," from opportunus (see opportune). Opportunity cost attested from 1911.
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Example sentences
It would give me an opportunity to get a second chance.
At this moment in time, you have a unique opportunity to set the tone for how
  our nation should feed itself.
For a lot of family members without access to working projectors, this is a
  great opportunity to see what's in their collection.
Business travel does provide an opportunity to visit places that you wouldn't
  likely visit on your own.
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