14 Most Common Collocations for Opportunity


An opportunity is a situation or set of circumstances that makes something possible.

There are many collocations for opportunity, here are some of the most frequently used.

1. Take the opportunity or seize the opportunity

Means to take advantage of a situation that could lead to a positive result. When one takes the opportunity, they are acting on it quickly, as it may not be available later.

  • If I hadn’t taken the opportunity to move to a different country, I would never have met my husband.
  • You have to seize every opportunity that you get if you want to be successful.

2. Have the opportunity

Means that an opportunity or favorable circumstance has been presented as an option. In this case the opportunity has been given.

  • He has the opportunity to be the number one player in the world.
  • I would like to have the opportunity to work for your company.

3. To give the opportunity or to provide the opportunity

Refers to an opportunity being handed to or transferred to a person or organization.

  • I would like to give you the opportunity to tell me what happened.
  • I have been provided the opportunity to compete for the promotion.

4. Opportunity to make

Means that a situation has arisen where a person or an organization has the chance to make something favorable happen.

The opportunity may be to make or build something physically like food or a building. It can also mean to  have the chance to have a certain position.

  • We have the opportunity to make the tallest building in the world.
  • I have an opportunity to make the team this year.

5. Ample Opportunity

Means that there is plenty, sufficient, and abundant amount of opportunity. This is often used in a scolding manner to remind someone of the fact that they have such a great opportunity.

  • You had ample opportunity to turn your work in on time.

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6. Opportunity to See

Means one is given a chance to see something. This is often used to refer to the fact that this is a rare or special opportunity.

  • We have an incredible opportunity to see this discovery for the first time.
  • I would like an opportunity to see your work.

7. Little Opportunity

Speaks to someone or something not having an opportunity or the lack of a chance to do or see something.

  • I have little opportunity to see the kids during the day because I’m at work.
  • There will be little opportunity to change your mind, so make sure you know what you want.

8. Golden Opportunity

Refers to a change or circumstance being extra special, or being an amazing chance to do something. This would be an opportunity that would not happen often, and may not happen again.

  • You have a golden opportunity to move up in your career.
  • Because of the lack of competition the company has a golden opportunity to significantly grow its market.

9. Opportunity to Get

Refers to a chance to have something, or circumstances that would allow someone or something to have someone.

  • I have to wait until I have an opportunity to get to the store.
  • I need an opportunity to get in the same room as her.

10. Take this Opportunity

Means to take hold of or to take advantage of a situation in a way that can help an entity.

  • If you don’t take the opportunity that is in front of you now, you may not get another one.
  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help.

11. Ideal Opportunity or Great Opportunity

Refers to a perfect or nearly perfect chance or circumstance that would result in something positive.

  • This internship is an ideal opportunity for me.
  • I am going to wait until I find the ideal opportunity.

12. Opportunity to Go

Refers to having the chance to go somewhere favorable. This phrase refers to physically going to a place.

  • This weekend I’ll finally have the opportunity to go home.
  • I hope we’ll have the opportunity to go sightseeing on Tuesday.

13. Opportunity to Use

Means that someone or something has the chance to use something. This chance or opportunity would result in something positive or beneficial.

  • I would like the opportunity to use the computer too.
  • Having the opportunity to use the private park is a privilege.

14. Opportunity to Meet

Means to being able to have the chance to physically meet a person and it also refers to having the chance to reach or meet a goal.

  • I hope I’ll have the opportunity to meet you while I am in town.
  • Surprisingly, we still have the opportunity to meet our quota.

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6 years ago

In the above collocations, since they are in the format of a title, e.g., ’14. Opportunity to meet’, why not to use ‘It means, it refers’ in the explanation body? When don’t we need to use ‘it’?

Thamar Tharowat
Thamar Tharowat
6 years ago

Thanks for your efforts with us.