seize the opportunity

seize the opportunity (to do something)

To accept or pursue an opportunity (to do something) with alacrity or conviction. Mark complains about his teaching job a lot, but I knew if he were offered a tenured position in the school, he would seize the opportunity without hesitation. When our manager said she was leaving the company, I seized the opportunity to fill the vacancy. You should have been seizing the opportunity to move someplace new and exciting—instead, you decided to just stay in the same town you've always known.
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seize the opportunity

to take advantage of an opportunity when offered. My uncle offered me a trip to Europe, so I seized the opportunity. Whenever you have a chance, you should seize the opportunity.
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References in classic literature ?
The Frenchman followed the movements of Francis, in such a state of bewilderment that he actually forgot to seize the opportunity of shutting out the fresh air.
I at once seize the opportunity that is offered to me.
His more friendly neighbors may pity him, but all will decline to connect their fortunes with his; and not a few will seize the opportunity of making their fortunes out of his.
Kerry, who is visiting Japan to participate in the ministers' meeting of the Group of Seven, urged in a summarized statement on his account on Twitter" to seize the opportunity to deliver humanitarian aid and progress in the peaceful resolution.
This morning, in light of what is at stake in these talks, I appeal to both sides to make the most of this moment - to seize the opportunity for serious negotiations - to negotiate in good faith, with the goal of making concrete, measurable progress in the days immediately ahead," he said.
Mauritanian Minister of Economic Affairs and Development has called on the Sudanese and Mauritanian investors to seize the opportunity practically.
Now is the time to seize the opportunity and get into the market.
Believe it or not, PR people can also seize the opportunity because of a clear and growing direction to lifestyle and consumer news.
Westchester, and White Plains in particular, is challenging corporate New York City to a sanity check, luring those comapnies wanting tight economics, efficient space and quality of life, and rewarding those firms that have the sense to seize the opportunity.
While many thought New York-based Caldor's would seize the opportunity, the Braintree, Massachusetts-based Bradlees will buy or acquire the leases on-tour of Alexander's 11 locations, which all 11 stores closed their doors in May.