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opportunity

noun
     
op‧por‧tu‧ni‧ty S1 W1 plural opportunities
1 [uncountable and countable] a chance to do something or an occasion when it is easy for you to do somethingCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
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)
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.
2 [countable] a chance to get a job or improve your situation at work:
There are fewer opportunities for new graduates this year.

➔ equal opportunities

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