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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.
Origin of opportunity
1350-1400; Middle English opportunite < Middle French < Latin opportūnitās convenience, fitness, equivalent to opportūn(us) (see opportune) + -itās- -ity Unabridged
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  • It would give me an opportunity to get a second chance.
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  • Lemurs are by and large peaceful, but they still display the usual primate fixations on rank and reproductive opportunity.
  • So for the public to see this beautiful crystal this size is a unique opportunity.
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British Dictionary definitions for opportunity


noun (pl) -ties
a favourable, appropriate, or advantageous combination of circumstances
a chance or prospect
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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.

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