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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Op·por·tu·ni·ty n.; pl. Opportunities
 1. 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.
    A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.   --Bacon.
 2. Convenience of situation; fitness. [Obs.]
    Hull, a town of great strength and opportunity, both to sea and land affairs.   --Milton.
 3. Importunity; earnestness. [Obs.]
 Syn: -- Occasion; convenience; occurrence.
 Usage: -- Opportunity, Occasion.  An occasion is that which falls in our way, or presents itself in the course of events; an opportunity is a convenience or fitness of time, place, etc., for the doing of a thing.  Hence, occasions often make opportunities.  The occasion of sickness may give opportunity for reflection.