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opportune

Syllabification: op·por·tune
Pronunciation: /ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞on
 
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Definition of opportune in English:

adjective

1(Of a time) well-chosen or particularly favorable or appropriate: he couldn’t have arrived at a less opportune moment
More example sentences
  • The three grants totalling US $7.3 million given to Zambia by Japan could not have come at a more opportune time.
  • Journalists alarmed by the directions of both the profession and journalism education said the initiative comes at an opportune time.
  • He also believed it was an opportune time to walk away.
Synonyms
auspicious, propitious, favorable, advantageous, golden, felicitous;
timely, convenient, suitable, appropriate, apt, fitting
1.1Done or occurring at a favorable or useful time; well-timed: the opportune use of humor to lower tension
More example sentences
  • This would facilitate the opportune identification of patients who would benefit from treatment.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French opportun(e), from Latin opportunus, from ob- 'in the direction of' + portus 'harbor', originally describing the wind driving toward the harbor, hence 'seasonable'.

Derivatives

opportunely

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Mac's opportunely released their impressive Pilsner in their new bottles and we sampled beers from Wigram Brewing Company in Christchurch, who are newcomers to the scene.
  • In the evenings, the motor yacht is opportunely anchored for the sublime South Pacific sunsets, best viewed from the broad Sky Deck with a Fiji Bitter in one hand and a camera in the other.
  • We must step up our efforts to ensure that they are returned to Britain opportunely.

opportuneness

2
noun

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