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’
    • ‘The manager intends there to be many more opportunities for the team to develop.’
    • ‘There will be demonstrations and opportunities for young people to actually try things.’
    • ‘Despite opportunities for both sides, the second half did not produce any more goals.’
    • ‘These close approaches are superb opportunities for everyone to observe the red planet.’
    • ‘It proposes opening up opportunities for private organisations to run their own schools.’
    • ‘There will be plenty of opportunities for family swimming in the new swimming and training pools.’
    • ‘We believe that there are big opportunities for customers to use these services.’
    • ‘He will also be responsible for exploring new opportunities for the operation.’
    • ‘Languages with fewer borrowed words obviously tend to have fewer opportunities for puns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Besides this, there will be more opportunities for direct sourcing of plants overseas.’
    • ‘I think he should be given the opportunity of looking at these before I make an order.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To do that would simply deprive many people of the opportunity of a better environment.’
    • ‘We believe it will also increase opportunities for musicians and other artists to perform.’
    • ‘The cluster team will focus on new opportunities for the development of new timber products.’
    • ‘It is an activity which contains very few opportunities for genuine excitement.’
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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.’
      • ‘Hedare must really care about their staff to give them career opportunities like that.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It seems women only want to be equal with men in regards to pay and career opportunities.’
      • ‘For many expats, career opportunities are just as important as family concerns.’
      • ‘He told us that all staff would have the chance to find other job opportunities within IBM.’
      • ‘There are also plenty of opportunities for enthusiastic writers here in Oxford.’
      • ‘He went on to say that if the roads were built the employment opportunities would come.’
      • ‘Local employment opportunities will be created as businesses move into the area.’
      • ‘It kind of solidifies the buzz around your career and makes more opportunities open to you.’
      • ‘The aim of the event is to give young people a taste of career opportunities available in the Armed Forces.’
      • ‘This would allow others to benefit from our taxes and employment opportunities.’
      • ‘Those seeking discharge too soon may find good career opportunities hard to find.’


  • opportunity knocks

    • A chance of success occurs.

      ‘with the right support, opportunity knocks’
      • ‘You always stay prepared so that when opportunity knocks, you're ready to open that door - and step through it.’
      • ‘But if you're not willing to walk the walk, then you won't be ready when opportunity knocks.’
      • ‘World Book Day is on March 6 and opportunity knocks.’
      • ‘Then, when opportunity knocks, you'll be ready to answer.’
      • ‘When opportunity knocks, these politicians tend to ignore it.’
      • ‘But if opportunity knocks, Cassie would prefer to stick with her studies and stay firmly behind-the-scenes.’
      • ‘In their case opportunity knocks on their doors whenever there's a wedding in the family.’
      • ‘When opportunity knocks, pressure is not far behind.’
      • ‘Everyone, or nearly everyone, has shared in the boom, and opportunity knocks for all who seek to better themselves.’
      • ‘Then one day opportunity knocks, but there's a price to pay…’


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