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Usage statistics for the noun opportunity:

spoken English38.15%written English61.85%
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Opportunity is sometimes a misspelling of opportunities.

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Definition of the noun opportunity

What does opportunity mean as a name of something?

Opportunity is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: opportunities

  1. a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
    • example: the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of opportunity: chance
    • more generic words: possibility / possibleness = capability of existing or happening or being true
    • more specific terms:


Opportunity is a former census-designated place in Spokane County, Washington, United States. The population was 25,065 at the 2000 census. The area has been a city neighborhood of Spokane Valley since the city incorporated in 2003.


  1. "Opportunity" is a composition.
  2. "Opportunity" is a musical album of Pemsi.
  3. "Opportunity" is a musical EP of Pete Murray.
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  1. Opportunity, also known as MER-B or MER-1, is a robotic rover active on the planet Mars since 2004. Launched on July 7, 2003, Opportunity landed on Mars' Meridiani Planum on January 25, 2004 at 05:05 Ground UTC, three weeks after its twin Spirit, also part of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Mission, touched down on the other side of the planet. With a planned 90 sol duration of activity, Spirit functioned until getting stuck in 2009 and ceased communications in 2010, while Opportunity remains active as of 2014, having already exceeded its operating plan by 10 years, 208 days. Opportunity has continued to move, gather scientific observations, and report back to Earth for over 40 times its designed lifespan. On July 28, 2014, NASA announced that Opportunity, after having traveled over 40 km on the planet Mars, has set a new "off-world" record as the rover having driven the greatest distance, surpassing the previous record held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover, which had traveled 39 km on the Moon.
  2. Opportunity is an educational institution, school.

Phrases with Opportunity

Phrases starting with the word Opportunity:

  1. opportunity cost
  2. Opportunity engineering

Phrases ending with the word Opportunity:

  1. equal opportunity
  2. Equal-Opportunity
  3. photo opportunity
  4. Golden Opportunity
  5. land of opportunity
  6. Window of Opportunity

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Opportunity

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Google previewProceedings of The 6th MAC 2016 (2016)

by Group of authors

Opportunity is a happening, expressed in actions and established in market structures Dimov, 2007 Opportunity is...

Opportunity is an enacted possibility for economic benefits Dimov, 2004 Opportunity is a flow of ideas changed ...

Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1968)

Unless alternative notices are prescribed by the Director, or by the agency with the approval of the Director, prime contractors and subcontractors shall post the notice entitled "Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law," as provided by the ...

Google previewThe American Hatter (1910)

OPPORTUNITY is a funny thing.

Google previewJourney to the Well (2003)

by Vashti M. McKenzie

An opportunity is a new situation that can produce new results. Possibilities abound. Opportunities lie at the crossroads of God's grace, God's will, and God's destiny, and like grace they can't be earned, purchased, bought, or sold, but are ...

Google previewChallenges in Relationship Marketing (2010)

by Per V. Freytag, Kristian Philipsen

The opportunity concept In marketing and entrepreneurship The concept of opportunity is a basic element in both marketing and...

Google preview11th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering - PSE2012 (2012)

The first opportunity is the exploitation of the rich molecular structure of biomass to the extent possible (Sanders et al., 2007). Rather than breaking its molecular structure into C1 building blocks, either by gasification to synthesis gas (CO, H2) ...

Google previewInnovation and Entrepreneurship (2014)

by Peter Drucker

'Opportunity is the source of innovation' has been the leitmotif of the preceding chapters. But an old proverb says,

Google previewRoutledge International Encyclopedia of Women (2004)

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge by Cheris Kramarae, Dale Spender

At the local level, need refers to a family's or an individual's requirements for income, opportunity refers to social obstacles to women's participation in paid work, and ability refers to an individual's skills. There is a tendency to blame the low ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods (2006)

by Victor Jupp

OPPORTUNITY SAMPLING ORAL HISTORY. Key Readings French, S., Hartley, R., Thomas, L. C. and White, D. J. (1986) Operational Research Techniques. London: Edward Arnold. Hillier, F. (2000) Introduction to Operational Research.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Problems (2008)

by Vincent N. Parrillo

OPPORTUNITY. STRUCTURES. During the 1950s two predominant theories of criminal behavior were Edwin H. Sutherland's differential association theory and Robert K. Merton's anomie theory. Sutherland argued that criminal behavior is ...

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Usage statistics about opportunity

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun opportunity:

spoken English38.15%written English61.85% conversational speech8.38%task-oriented speech91.62% imaginative writing23.53%informational writing76.47%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun opportunity:


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Quotes about Opportunity

It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. (Whitney Young)
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Scrabble value of O1P3P3O1R1T1U1N1I1T1Y4

The value of this 11-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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