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opportunity /ˌɑːpɚˈtuːnəti/ Brit /ˌɒpəˈtjuːnəti/ noun
plural opportunities
/ˌɑːpɚˈtuːnəti/ Brit /ˌɒpəˈtjuːnəti/
plural opportunities
Learner's definition of OPPORTUNITY
: an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done : chance机会;机遇;时机

equal opportunity employer

(US) or British equal opportunities employer
: an employer who does not discriminate against people because of their race, religion, etc.一视同仁的雇主;提供平等机会的雇主



op·​por·​tu·​ni·​ty ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē How to pronounce opportunity (audio)
plural opportunities
: a favorable juncture of circumstances
the halt provided an opportunity for rest and refreshment
: a good chance for advancement or progress

Example Sentences

A phony war because its stated objective—eradicating terrorism—is impossible and serves to mask unstated, alarmingly open-ended goals, a kind of fishing expedition that provides an opportunity for America to display its intimidating arsenal … John Edgar Wideman, Harper's, March 2002 Nowadays my only opportunity for an old-fashioned, self-indulgent sulk comes when I'm traveling. Ian Frazier, Atlantic, March 2001 I'm handing you an opportunity in the heart of the city where the whole world's heading: journalists, corporate leeches, Japanese tourists, Greco-Roman wrestlers. Gary Smith, Illustrated, 11 Sept. 2000 More than 90 percent of female senior managers believe that men's and women's opportunities remain unequal … Katha Pollitt, Atlantic, November 1997 You'll have an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation. When the opportunity came for her to prove that she could do the job, she was ready. I had the rare opportunity of speaking to the president. Studying abroad provides a great opportunity to learn a foreign language. There are fewer job opportunities this year for graduates. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me with this book. He was given every opportunity to prove that he was trustworthy. There is plenty of opportunity for advancement within the company. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Queen had an uncanny knack for encapsulating in a phrase what the rest of us think but rarely quite put into words, or at least rarely have the opportunity to say to the right person at the right time. Andrew Roberts, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 Visitors have the opportunity to explore everything from the Holocaust Museum and Children's Museum to the Museum of African American Culture or the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 9 Sep. 2022 Students at other Ohio colleges who are interested in careers in tech will have an opportunity to study and learn skills for the semiconductor industry, too. cleveland, 9 Sep. 2022 Members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization will have an opportunity to cast out the lines and catch some fish at the 42nd annual BIG FISH Tournament. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 Diners will have an opportunity to experience a taste of Maldonado’s range with four courses of fresh seafood, inventive pastas and flavorful meat dishes. Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2022 We are faced with being on a beautiful planet, in a beautiful world and have the opportunity to have the most incredible of lives. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 8 Sep. 2022 During the special, fans in the audience had the opportunity to ask Osbourne questions about the album and his career, his songwriting process and life at home. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 The tool is not exact, but was built as a guide for travelers to better plan trips and have the best opportunity to see peak fall colors in certain areas of the country. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History


Middle English oportunyte, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French oportunité, borrowed from Latin opportūnitāt-, opportūnitās, from opportūnus "convenient, opportune" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of opportunity was in the 14th century


ADJECTIVE | VERB + OPPORTUNITY | OPPORTUNITY + VERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEample, considerable, plenty of許多機會;大量機會We'll have plenty of opportunity to talk later.我們以後會有很多機會聊天。limited, little, not much有限的/很少的/不多的機會big, excellent, favourable/favorable, golden, good, great, marvellous/marvelous, real, tremendous, welcome, wonderful重要的機會;良機;有利的時機;絕佳的機會;難得的機會;真正的機會a golden opportunity to invest in new markets投資新市場的良機exciting令人興奮的機會ideal, perfect完美的機會suitable合適的機會reasonable合理的時機We need to give them a reasonable opportunity to look at the display.我們需要給他們提供一個合適的時機來看展覽。available可得到的機會every每個機會Students should take every opportunity to widen their experience.學生應利用一切機會拓展自己的經歷。new新的機遇historic, once-in-a-lifetime, rare, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, unrivalled/unrivaled (especially BrE) 具有歷史意義的/絕無僅有的/罕見的/獨一無二的/無與倫比的/前所未有的/極好的機會lost, missed, wasted失去的/錯過的/浪費的機會career, educational, employment, job, training職業發展/教育/就業/工作/培訓機會business, commercial, economic, growth, investment, market, sales商機;經濟上的機會;發展時機;投資時機;市場機會;銷售時機a missed sales opportunity錯失的銷售時機photo (= an opportunity to take photographs of famous people) (為名人安排的)接受拍照時間equal opportunities, equal opportunity (especially NAmE) (= the principle of treating all people the same, regardless of sex, race, etc.) 機會均等We are dedicated to the principle of equal opportunity.我們奉行機會均等的原則。an equal-opportunities employer (BrE) 一個提倡機會均等的雇主an equal-opportunity employer (NAmE) 一個奉行機會均等的雇主VERB + OPPORTUNITYhave有機會find, get發現/得到機會We didn't get much opportunity to swim.我們沒有太多的機會游泳。afford, create, give sb, offer (sb), open up, present, provide (sb with)給予機會;創造機會;(給某人)提供機會to provide better educational opportunities提供更好的受教育機會see看到機會He saw a great opportunity to make some money.他發現了一個賺錢的良機。grasp, seize, take, take advantage of, take up, use抓住機會;把握機會;利用機會May I take this opportunity to congratulate Ruth on her promotion.讓我借此機會對魯斯的晉升表示祝賀。lose, miss失去/錯失機會He lost no opportunity to vent his anger on those around him.他動不動就拿周圍的人出氣。pass up放棄機會OPPORTUNITY + VERBexist機會存在arise, come, occur, present itself機會出現/來到/發生/自己出現When the opportunity came, I seized it with both hands.當機會來臨時,我用雙手抓住了它。PREPOSITIONopportunity for⋯的機會The job will offer you excellent opportunities for promotion.這個工作將給你極好的晉升機會。PHRASESat the earliest opportunity, at the first (possible) opportunity一有機會at every available opportunity, at every opportunity, at every possible opportunity利用一切機會equality of opportunity機會均等the opportunity of a lifetime千載難逢的機會a window of opportunity機會之門;行事的良機The ceasefire has created a window of opportunity to rescue the peace process.停火為挽救和平進程敞開了一扇機會之門。
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0_0: Translations of opportunity
  • # n.
    會: association, capital, conference, gathering, get-together, opportunity
    機: aeroplane, aircraft, chance, crucial point, engine, opportunity
    機會: chance, occasion, odds, opportunity
    機遇: opportunity
    時: chance, hour, opportunity, season, tense, time
    時機: occasion, opportunity
    隙: chink, crack, discord, loophole, occasion for dislike, opportunity

0_0: Definitions of opportunity
  • # noun.
    - a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.
    * we may see increased opportunities for export

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