: an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done : chance [count] ▪ You'll have an/the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation. ▪ There were many missed opportunities (to score) throughout the game. ▪ When the opportunity came for her to prove that she could do the job, she was ready. ▪ I had the rare/unique opportunity of speaking to the president. ▪ Studying abroad provides a great opportunity to learn a foreign language. ▪ This sort of opportunity comes along once in a lifetime. = This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. ▪ There are fewer job/employment opportunities this year for graduates. ▪ This is a golden opportunity. [=an excellent chance to do or get something] ▪ I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me with this book. ▪ He was given every opportunity to prove that he was trustworthy. ▪ The dog ran away at every opportunity. [=whenever it was able to] ▪ Please call us at your earliest opportunity. [=please call us as soon as you can] ▪ We will correct the error at the first opportunity. [=as soon as we are able to] [noncount] ▪ There is plenty of opportunity for advancement within the company. ▪ The contract provides us with a two-year window of opportunity. [=two years to do something that we want to do] ▪ the land of opportunity [=a place where there are many opportunities; a place where people have many chances to succeed, achieve things, etc.] ▪ You need to be ready when opportunity knocks. [=when you get the chance to do something you want to do]
equal opportunity employer (US) or Brit equal opportunities employer
: an employer who does not discriminate against people because of their race, religion, etc.