The definition of an opportunity is an favorable situation for a positive outcome.
An example of opportunity is a lunch meeting with a possible employer.
- a combination of circumstances favorable for the purpose; fit time
- a good chance or occasion, as to advance oneself
Origin of opportunityMiddle English opportunite from Old French opportunité from Classical Latin opportunitas from opportunus: see opportune
- A favorable or advantageous circumstance or combination of circumstances.
- A chance for progress or advancement, as in a career.
opportunity occasion opening chance break
These nouns refer to a favorable or advantageous circumstance or combination of circumstances. Opportunity is an auspicious state of affairs or a suitable time: “If you prepare yourself . . . you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Occasion suggests the proper time for action: an auspicious occasion; an occasion for celebration. An opening is an opportunity affording a good possibility of success: waited patiently for her opening, then exposed the report's inconsistency. Chance often implies an opportunity that arises through luck or accident: a chance for us to chat; no chance of losing. A break is an often sudden piece of luck, especially good luck: got his first big break in Hollywood.