opportunity Definition

  • 1a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something
  • 2a chance for employment or promotion

Using opportunity: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "opportunity" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    This is a great opportunity for us to expand our business.

  • Example

    I hope to have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

  • Example

    She was given the opportunity to study abroad.

  • Example

    The company offers many opportunities for career advancement.

opportunity Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for opportunity

Idioms Using opportunity

  • opportunity knocks

    an opportunity presents itself unexpectedly


    Opportunity knocked when she met the CEO of the company at a networking event.

  • take full advantage of an opportunity


    He made the most of the opportunity to learn from his mentor.

  • a limited time period during which an opportunity exists


    The window of opportunity to invest in the stock market was short-lived.

Phrases with opportunity

  • a chance that was not taken advantage of


    Not investing in that company was a missed opportunity.

  • the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen


    The opportunity cost of going to college is the income you could have earned if you had started working immediately after high school.

  • take advantage of an opportunity when it arises


    When the job offer came, she knew she had to seize the opportunity.

Origins of opportunity

from Latin 'opportunitas', meaning 'fitness, convenience, opportunity'


Summary: opportunity in Brief

The term 'opportunity' [ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪti] refers to a set of circumstances that make it possible to do something, such as a chance for employment or promotion. It spans contexts from missed opportunities to seizing them, exemplified by 'Not investing in that company was a missed opportunity.' 'Opportunity' extends into idioms like 'opportunity knocks,' denoting unexpected chances, and 'window of opportunity,' implying a limited time period.

How do native speakers use this expression?