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.
n : a possibility due to a favorable combination of
circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to
visit Washington"; "now is your chance" [syn: chance]