Collocations with “Opportunity”
Hello English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at collocations with “opportunity”.
The noun opportunity refers to a chance to do something or a situation when it is possible and easy to do something.
Here is the list of the most common collocations and phrases with opportunity:
- Get an opportunity
- Take/use the opportunity
- Seize/grasp the opportunity
- Give somebody the opportunity
- Opportunity for
- An opportunity comes up
- An opportunity arises
- Golden opportunity
- Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
- Missed opportunity
- A photo opportunity
- A window of opportunity
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Get an opportunity
Meaning: to be allowed to do something you think is a good thing to do.
- Sara got an opportunity to travel abroad on business and she decided to take it.
Take/use the opportunity
Meaning: to do something you are given a chance to do.
- We hope that you will take the opportunity to visit our town.
- Mark used the opportunity to meet up with some old friends while he was in Leeds.
Grasp/seize the opportunity
Meaning: to take an opportunity eagerly.
- Sandra grasped the opportunity to work in the US
- One has to learn to seize the opportunity when it comes up.
Give somebody the opportunity
Meaning: to allow someone to do something.
- The headteacher gave the children the opportunity to express their opinion on the matter.
- The new job will be a great opportunity for Monica to show her skills.
An opportunity comes up
Meaning: when you get a chance to do something.
- I planned to change jobs when an opportunity came up to work for a multinational.
An opportunity arises
Meaning: a chance arises.
- If the opportunity arises, I’ll go and talk to my boss about the promotion.
A golden opportunity
Meaning: a good opportunity to do something you’d love to.
- Chloe had a golden opportunity to be a caretaker of a tropical island in the Pacific.
Meaning: an opportunity you will get only once, the one you should take advantage of.
- Working on nature conservation in the South Pole was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and Brian decided to use it.
Meaning: an opportunity you didn’t use.
- Not buying that cheap flat in the city centre was a missed opportunity Sara will regret forever.
A photo opportunity
Meaning: a chance to take a photo of someone or something.
- Professional photographers use every photo opportunity they can.
A window of opportunity
Meaning: a time when you have a chance to do something.
- They always kept their cameras with them in case a window of opportunity opens to shoot the surrounding.
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