Definition of opening noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈəʊpnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊpnɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [countable] a space or hole that somebody/something can pass through We could see the stars through an opening in the roof.
  2. 2  [countable, usually singular] the beginning or first part of something The movie has an exciting opening. opposite ending
  3. 3  [countable, usually singular] a ceremony to celebrate the start of a public event or the first time a new building, road, etc. is used the opening of the Olympic Games the official opening of the new hospital
  4. 4  [countable, uncountable] the act or process of making something open or of becoming open the opening of a flower the opening of the new play Late opening of supermarkets is common in Britain now. opposite closing
  5. 5[countable] a job that is available synonym vacancy There are several openings in the sales department.
  6. 6[countable] a good opportunity for somebody Winning the competition was the opening she needed for her career.
  7. 7[countable] part of a piece of clothing that is made to open and close so that it can be put on easily The skirt has a side opening.
  8. Extra examples Cooper created the opening for Russell to shoot the first goal. He missed one of the clearest openings in the game. It was the most successful opening of any British movie ever. She is the strongest candidate to fill this opening. career openings for biologists in industry career openings for biologists in the Ministry of Health the famous opening to the novel the state opening of Parliament to cut an opening in the fence I’ve been asked to attend the official opening of the new hospital. Most openings in the mills were for single women. The New Zealanders quickly lost control after a promising opening. The adult parasites have a simple mouth opening. The hall is lit by an opening in the roof. There are several openings in the sales departments. Tickets are now available for the opening of the Olympic Games. We will keep you informed of any job openings. the dark opening of the tunnel tickets for the opening ceremony
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: opening