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Op`por*tu"ni*ty (?), n.; pl. Opportunities (#). [F. opportunité, 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.
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.] Jer. Taylor.
Syn. -- Occasion; convenience; occurrence. -- 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.