from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A favorable or advantageous circumstance or combination of circumstances.
  • noun A chance for progress or advancement, as in a career.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Fit, convenient, or seasonable time; favorable chance or occasion; favorable or favoring conjuncture of circumstances: as, to avail one's self of the opportunity to do something; to seize the opportunity.
  • noun Convenience, fitness, or suitability for some particular purpose or set of circumstances.
  • noun Importunity; earnestness.
  • noun Character; habit. Halliwell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Fit or convenient time or situation; a time or place permitting or favorable for the execution of a purpose; a suitable combination of conditions; suitable occasion; chance.
  • noun obsolete Convenience of situation; fitness.
  • noun obsolete Importunity; earnestness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A chance for advancement, progress or profit.
  • noun A favorable circumstance or occasion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances


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  • Indeed, she insinuated that I was perfectly willing to squander the safety of our family just because I couldn't get a deal on batteries, wondering whether I'd ever heard the expression "opportunity cost."

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  • When Flair learned that Warrior was getting the title opportunity at SummerSlam instead of him, he launched another series of well-calculated mind games.

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  • NXT guys than talking about his title opportunity on Sunday.

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  • Triple H reminds Shawn that he still has his title opportunity with the Elimination Chamber.

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  • Could have used some sort of verbal discussion from Jack Swagger pre-match to express what this title opportunity means to him. 2009

  • Last Saturday night in Houston, Texas, Rocky Juarez had yet another title opportunity and was once again unable to capture a belt. 2009

  • It was put over as unlucky for C.M. Punk and he still looked pretty good, so perhaps he'll get another title opportunity sometime after the winner of No Mercy's number one contender's match gets their shot. 2008

  • I will cetainly be glad to "collect" an animal anytime the opportunity is available, because there have been many miles of briers, ticks, mosquitos, sand gnats, snakes, sweat and effort expended in between.

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