Definition of opportune adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒpətjuːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːpərˈtuːn//
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  1. 1(of a time) suitable for doing a particular thing, so that it is likely to be successful synonym favourable The offer could not have come at a more opportune moment. Chapman decided the time was opportune for talking business. It was an opportune time to look at the offer in more detail.
  2. 2(of an action or event) done or happening at the right time to be successful an opportune remark The publication of the book now is quite opportune.
  3. opposite inopportune
    Word Originlate 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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