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These nouns refer to a favorable or advantageous circumstance or combination of circumstances. Opportunity is a favorable 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 an action or purpose: "The celebration of the New Year is an occasion for optimism and hope" (Bill Clinton).
An opening is an opportunity affording a good possibility of success: She waited patiently for her opening, then proved she was ready to lead the group.
Chance often implies an opportunity that arises through luck or accident: Meeting each other at the coffee shop was a chance for us to chat.
A break is an often sudden piece of luck, especially good luck: The aspiring actor got his first big break in Hollywood.
op•por•tu•ni•ty(ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu-)
n., pl. -ties.
- El Dorado - A place offering fabulous wealth or opportunity (after the legendary place in South America, "the gilded one").
- ease - First meant "opportunity, ability," or "means to do something."
- hint - First meant "an occasion or opportunity."
- occasion - Once had the specific sense of "an opportunity for finding fault or giving offense."
- Life was opening up … like an orchid in bloom —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Opportunities, like eggs, don’t come but one at a time —Josh Billings
In Billings’ original dialect: “Oopportunitays … kum but one at a time.”
- Opportunity … it fell like a lucky coin at his feet —George Garrett
- Possibilities rising like new mountains —Richard Ford
- Sometimes opportunity knocks like a loud windburst; more often it arrives like a burglar and disappears before you realize it was there —Elyse Sommer
occasion opportunity chance
An occasion is a particular time when something happens.
You often say that something happens on a particular occasion.
An occasion is also an important event, ceremony, or celebration.
An opportunity is a situation in which it is possible for something to be done. You talk about an opportunity for something or an opportunity to do something.
You can also talk about an opportunity for doing something, especially if you use an adjective such as perfect or excellent in front of opportunity.
You can also talk about the opportunity of doing something.
You can say there is no opportunity to do something.
Chance is used in a similar way to opportunity.
If there is a possibility of something happening or being true, it might happen or be true.
If there is no possibility of something happening or being true, it cannot happen or be true.
If you talk or think about the possibility of doing something, you are considering whether to do it.
Don't say 'He talked about the possibility to get married.'
When a situation makes it possible for someone to do something, don't say that they have 'the possibility to do' it. Say that they have the opportunity to do it or the opportunity of doing it.
|Noun||1.||opportunity - a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"|
possibleness, possibility - capability of existing or happening or being true; "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
brass ring - a rich opportunity or a prize; "he missed the brass ring at the Miami convention"
day - a period of opportunity; "he deserves his day in court"; "every dog has his day"
hearing, audience - an opportunity to state your case and be heard; "they condemned him without a hearing"; "he saw that he had lost his audience"
hunting ground - a place where opportunities abound
occasion - an opportunity to do something; "there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"
opening - opportunity especially for employment or promotion; "there is an opening in the sales department"
room - opportunity for; "room for improvement"
say - the chance to speak; "let him have his say"
street - a situation offering opportunities; "he worked both sides of the street"; "cooperation is a two-way street"
throw - a single chance or instance; "he couldn't afford $50 a throw"
"When the cat's away, the mice will play"
"Never look a gift horse in the mouth"
"When one door shuts, another door opens"
"Strike while the iron is hot"
"There is no time like the present"
"He who hesitates is lost"
opportunity[ˈɒpəˈtjuːnɪtɪ] N → oportunidad f, ocasión f
at the earliest opportunity → en la primera oportunidad, cuanto antes
equality of opportunity → igualdad f de oportunidades
he criticized her at every opportunity → la criticaba siempre que se le presentaba la ocasión or en cuanto podía
at the first opportunity → en la primera oportunidad, cuanto antes
opportunities for promotion → oportunidades de promoción
when I get the opportunity → cuando se me presente la oportunidad or la ocasión, cuando tenga ocasión
we were given no opportunity to prepare ourselves → no se nos ofreció la oportunidad or la ocasión de prepararnos
given the opportunity, he'll watch TV all day → si le dejases, se pasaría el día entero viendo la tele
to have the/an opportunity to do sth, have the/an opportunity of doing sth → tener la oportunidad de hacer algo
I haven't had an opportunity of talking to him → no he tenido la oportunidad de hablar con él
to miss one's opportunity → perder la oportunidad
he never missed an opportunity to criticize her → nunca dejaba pasar la oportunidad de criticarla
to seize the/one's opportunity → aprovechar la oportunidad or ocasión
to take the opportunity to do sth, take the opportunity of doing sth → aprovechar la oportunidad or la ocasión para hacer algo
see also equal D
see also job C
see also photo
an opportunity to do sth → une occasion de faire qch
an opportunity to meet all kinds of people → une occasion de rencontrer toutes sortes de gens
to take the opportunity of doing sth → profiter de l'occasion pour faire qch
to have the opportunity to do sth → avoir l'occasion de faire qch
I've never had the opportunity to go to France → Je n'ai jamais eu l'occasion d'aller en France.
at the first opportunity (= as soon as possible) → à la première occasion
opportunity[ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪtɪ] n → opportunità f inv, occasione f
to have the opportunity to do or of doing → avere l'opportunità di fare
to take the opportunity to do or of doing → cogliere l'occasione per fare
at the earliest opportunity → appena possibile, alla prima occasione
when I (or you ) get the opportunity → quando capita l'occasione
to miss one's opportunity → perdere l'occasione
opportunities for promotion → possibilità fpl di carriera