Definition of opportunity in English:



  • 1A time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something:

    ‘increased opportunities for export’
    ‘the night drive gave us the opportunity of spotting rhinos’
    • ‘There will be plenty of opportunities for family swimming in the new swimming and training pools.’
    • ‘We believe it will also increase opportunities for musicians and other artists to perform.’
    • ‘Besides this, there will be more opportunities for direct sourcing of plants overseas.’
    • ‘It proposes opening up opportunities for private organisations to run their own schools.’
    • ‘Despite opportunities for both sides, the second half did not produce any more goals.’
    • ‘Languages with fewer borrowed words obviously tend to have fewer opportunities for puns.’
    • ‘We believe that there are big opportunities for customers to use these services.’
    • ‘To do that would simply deprive many people of the opportunity of a better environment.’
    • ‘There will be demonstrations and opportunities for young people to actually try things.’
    • ‘The cluster team will focus on new opportunities for the development of new timber products.’
    • ‘The time scale involved may make it not possible to afford an opportunity to comment.’
    • ‘There are also opportunities for people to get involved in a more hands-on manner.’
    • ‘These close approaches are superb opportunities for everyone to observe the red planet.’
    • ‘It is an activity which contains very few opportunities for genuine excitement.’
    • ‘I think he should be given the opportunity of looking at these before I make an order.’
    • ‘He will also be responsible for exploring new opportunities for the operation.’
    • ‘The manager intends there to be many more opportunities for the team to develop.’
    • ‘Parents cannot afford to miss out on good investment opportunities for their children.’
    • ‘It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I was really pleased to have the chance to meet him.’
    • ‘There are huge opportunities for local companies and businesses to become more involved.’
    chance, lucky chance, good time, golden opportunity, time, occasion, moment, favourable moment, favourable occasion, favourable time, right set of circumstances, appropriate moment, appropriate occasion, appropriate time, suitable moment, suitable occasion, suitable time, opportune moment, opportune occasion, opportune time, opening, option, slot, turn, go, field day
    possibility, scope, freedom, latitude, room to manoeuvre, elbow room
    a kick at the can, a kick at the cat
    shot, break, look-in
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    1. 1.1 A chance for employment or promotion:
      ‘career opportunities in our New York headquarters’
      • ‘He was confident the work on the town centre would help create employment opportunities.’
      • ‘Those seeking discharge too soon may find good career opportunities hard to find.’
      • ‘He added that it was also good news for the people of Shap as there would be more employment opportunities.’
      • ‘It is developing a course to help unemployed people get in on these new employment opportunities.’
      • ‘The aim of the event is to give young people a taste of career opportunities available in the Armed Forces.’
      • ‘It seems women only want to be equal with men in regards to pay and career opportunities.’
      • ‘There are also plenty of opportunities for enthusiastic writers here in Oxford.’
      • ‘Hedare must really care about their staff to give them career opportunities like that.’
      • ‘He told us that all staff would have the chance to find other job opportunities within IBM.’
      • ‘It kind of solidifies the buzz around your career and makes more opportunities open to you.’
      • ‘He went on to say that if the roads were built the employment opportunities would come.’
      • ‘This would allow others to benefit from our taxes and employment opportunities.’
      • ‘Local employment opportunities will be created as businesses move into the area.’
      • ‘For many expats, career opportunities are just as important as family concerns.’


Late Middle English: from Old French opportunite, from Latin opportunitas, from opportunus (see opportune).