opportunity


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Opportunity \Op`por*tu"ni*ty\, n.; pl. Opportunities. [F.
   opportunit['e], L. opportunitas. See Opportune.]
   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.
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            A wise man will make more opportunities than he
            finds.                                --Bacon.
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   2. Convenience of situation; fitness. [Obs.]
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            Hull, a town of great strength and opportunity, both
            to sea and land affairs.              --Milton.
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   3. Importunity; earnestness. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
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   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.
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