Definition of opening in English:


Syllabification: o·pen·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈōp(ə)niNG


  • 2A beginning; an initial part: Maya started tapping out the opening of her story
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    • Good openings might include a story, a camper situation that they might have to deal with, a staff!
    • During the big pauses between each of the short, sobbing phrases at the opening of the Tristan prelude, you could have heard a pin drop.
    • Its slowburning choppy intro starts like the opening to a Jewish hymn, before the entire band bursts into a kaleidoscopic sound addiction.
    beginning, start, commencement, outset, inception; introduction, prefatory remarks, opening statement
    informal kickoff
    formal proem
  • 2.1The occasion of a play, exhibition, public building, etc. being declared open or ready for use, marked by a celebratory gathering or ceremony.
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    • Children at the Morden school had double cause for celebration with the opening of a building extension on Wednesday.
    • They can't really celebrate the opening of the building without the architect.
    • Large crowds were gathered to celebrate the opening of a new sewage plant, another step along the road of reconstruction.
    opening ceremony, official opening, launch, inauguration; opening night, premiere, first showing, first night; vernissage
  • 2.2 Chess A recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game.
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    • The idea is that one can play this opening without having to memorize a great number of lines.
    • Because this opening is a mainstay in the repertoires of tens of thousands of amateurs.
    • If you are looking for an offbeat new opening, this book may be the answer to your dreams.
  • 2.3An attorney’s preliminary statement of a case in a court of law.
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    • There had been an opening made by senior counsel for the appellant which disclosed certain aspects of the defence case.
    • It was, however, mentioned in the opening of counsel for Wang.
    • Of course, so it had been, in the passage of the pleadings to which I took your Honours in my opening.
  • 2.4An open piece of ground in a wooded area; a clearing: I reached an opening in the forest
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    • Forest openings and clearings and agricultural areas are also good habitat for the Western Bluebird.
    • They prefer areas with scattered openings rather than large tracts of unbroken forest.
    • They generally breed in wet areas or other openings near the tree line.
  • 3An opportunity to achieve something: they seem to have exploited fully the openings offered
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    • Entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunities have seized on openings offered by the JFPM to create their own niche markets in the complex.
    • They haven't had many openings that are this opportune for them, and so they're naturally taking it, and you know, one can't blame them, that's politics.
    • You and Gabrielle can see opportunities and openings that we can't, and you're both fast enough to take them.
    opportunity, chance, window (of opportunity), possibility
    informal (lucky) break, shot
  • 3.1An available job or position: an opening for a professional engineer in the public works department
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    • There were no professional openings available to me in Scotland at the time.
    • Todd Brun has put together a list of faculty openings and postdoctoral positions available in quantum information processing.
    • The cost of a public school and university education was high for middle-class families, and there was increased competition for available openings in the professions.
    vacancy, position, job, opportunity


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  • Coming at the beginning of something; initial: she stole the show with her opening remark
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    • They also contested the opening match of the inaugural Asian test championship at Calcutta.
    • In my opening remarks at the beginning of the hearing I drew attention to this.
    • He justified his inclusion on the British Lions tour of Australia in the summer, scoring a try in the opening test match in Adelaide which the Lions won.

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