W1S1 [ˌɔpəˈtju:nıti US ˌa:pərˈtu:-] n plural opportunities
1.) [U and C]
a chance to do something or an occasion when it is easy for you to do something
This is an ideal opportunity to save money on a holiday to Crete.
opportunity for
Games and songs provide the perfect opportunity for classroom interaction and language development.
It was a rare opportunity to see how ordinary people lived.
For many athletes, the Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity .
I saw it as a golden opportunity - the chance I'd been waiting for all along.
a classic example of missed opportunity
an event that would provide an opportunity for meaningful debate
When the opportunity for promotion came , I wanted to be ready.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work.
53% of students leave school at the earliest opportunity .
He likes to make his opinions known at every opportunity .
the view of America as a land of opportunity
Our window of opportunity for winning the championship is the next couple of seasons.
a chance to get a job or improve your situation at work
There are fewer opportunities for new graduates this year.
equal opportunities atequal1 (2)
COLLOCATES for sense 1
opportunity to do something
ideal/perfect opportunity
rare/unique opportunity
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
ample opportunity
golden opportunity (=a very good opportunity)
wasted/lost/missed opportunity (=one you do not use)
take/seize/use an opportunity
provide/present/open up an opportunity
an opportunity comes (along/up)
an opportunity arises
take the/this opportunity to do something (=use a chance to say something you want to say)
at the first/earliest opportunity (=as soon as possible)
at every (possible) opportunity (=whenever possible)
land of opportunity (=a country where you have a lot of good opportunities)
window of opportunity (=a time when you can do something)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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