Definition of opportune in English:
- 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.
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'.
Since medieval times we have used opportune of something that has happened at a good or convenient time. Originally, though, the word was associated with a much more specific meaning. It comes from Latin opportunus, from ob- ‘in the direction of’ and portus ‘harbour’, referring to the favourable wind which brought ships into the harbour. Opportunity (Late Middle English) comes from the same root. The phrase opportunity knocks is used to mean that a chance of success might happen, often with the implication that every person has a chance to succeed. It was the title of a hugely popular TV talent show broadcast from the late 1950s to 1978, with a revival in the late 1980s.
- 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.
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