Definition of opportune in English:


Line breaks: op¦por|tune
Pronunciation: /ˈɒpətjuːn
, ˌɒpəˈtjuːn


1(Of a time) especially convenient or appropriate for a particular action or event: he couldn’t have arrived at a less opportune moment
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  • 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.
1.1Done or occurring at a favourable time; well timed: the opportune use of humour to lower tension
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  • This would facilitate the opportune identification of patients who would benefit from treatment.


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



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  • 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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