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Etymology

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opportune +‎ -ity, from Middle French opportunité, from Latin opportunitas

Pronunciation

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Noun

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opportunity (countable and uncountable, plural opportunities)

  1. A chance for advancement, progress or profit.
    seize the opportunity
    take an opportunity
    missed opportunity
    The world is full of opportunities and it's up to me to see them and pursue them.
    the opportunity came and went
    You'll get a second opportunity if you miss this one.
    • 2011 October 23, Becky Ashton, “QPR 1 - 0 Chelsea”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Chelsea also struggled to keep possession as QPR harried and chased at every opportunity, giving their opponents no time on the ball.
  2. A favorable circumstance or occasion.
    Having a holiday is a great opportunity to relax.
  3. (nonstandard, Euro-English) opportuneness
    The Court questioned the opportunity of introducing these measures in such an uncertain economic climate.

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