opportunity


opportunity
op|por|tu|ni|ty [ ,apər`tunəti ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something:
I think this trip sounds like a wonderful opportunity.
opportunity for: The job pays well, but there's not much opportunity for career advancement.
opportunity to do something: The program gives students the opportunity to learn more about global warming.
take the opportunity to do something: I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for coming.
a missed/lost opportunity (=a chance that you did not use): A series of missed opportunities have badly weakened the company.
a golden opportunity (=a very good one): The interest rates offer a golden opportunity for first-time home buyers.
at every opportunity (=whenever it is possible): She went to visit him in the hospital at every opportunity.
given the opportunity (=if he/she had the opportunity): He's someone who could have been really successful, given the opportunity.
2. ) count a job that is available:
There are good opportunities in the hotel business.
at the earliest/first opportunity
as soon as possible:
You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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