opening

noun
open·​ing | \ ˈōp-niŋ How to pronounce opening (audio) , ˈō-pə-\

Definition of opening

1a : an act or instance of making or becoming open
b : an act or instance of beginning : commencement especially : a formal and usually public event by which something new is put officially into operation
2 : something that is open: such as
a(1) : breach, aperture
(2) : an open width : span
b : an area without trees or with scattered usually mature trees that occurs as a break in a forest
c : two pages that face one another in a book
3 : something that constitutes a beginning: such as
a : a usually planned series of moves made at the beginning of a game of chess or checkers — compare endgame, middle game
b : a first performance
b : an opportunity for employment

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Examples of opening in a Sentence

the opening of a cave They squeezed through a narrow opening between the fence and an oak tree. The enemy's troops poured through an opening in our defenses. We went to the play's opening.
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The French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi began work on a monument to commemorate the opening of Egypt’s Suez Canal, but the project fell through. Alexi Lubomirski; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane von Furstenberg Talks Bringing the New Statue of Liberty Museum to Life," 13 May 2019 The market will also celebrate the opening of Newburgh’s 17 Spring Street Garden, with a garden party on Saturday afternoon. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "This Hudson Valley Craft Market Will Jumpstart Your Garden," 9 May 2019 During this time, Prince Harry has still attended several engagements in the area, including the opening of the Barking & Dagenham Future Youth Zone on April 11. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Has Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby Already Been Born?," 11 Apr. 2019 For the best placement, according to Repasky, face the opening of each hive in either the south, east, or southeast direction. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Beekeeping for Beginners: Everything to Know About Starting Your Own Colony," 5 Apr. 2019 Russian officials and lawmakers have criticized Trump’s decision as destabilizing, but Putin refrained from commenting on the issue during his opening remarks at the start of the talks. Vladimir Isachenkov, The Seattle Times, "Lebanon president criticizes Trump decision on Golan Heights," 26 Mar. 2019 The sugar will help nourish the flowers and promote opening of the blooms. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 The Trump campaign is also eyeing the fallout of a political scandal among Democratic leaders in Virginia to determine whether there’s an opening in the state. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump campaign eyes chances to vie for states lost in 2016," 14 Apr. 2019 The actress’ leather ankle booties had a small cutout at the tip, an opening just big enough to showcase the pedicure on, say, one’s big toe. Vogue, "Julia Roberts Pulls Off the Trickiest Boot of the Season," 17 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of opening

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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opening

noun

English Language Learners Definition of opening

: a hole or empty space that you can go through
: the first part of something
: the first time that something happens

opening

noun
open·​ing | \ ˈō-pə-niŋ How to pronounce opening (audio) , ˈōp-niŋ\

Kids Definition of opening

1 : a place that is not enclosed or covered : clearing
2 : an act of making or becoming ready for use Neighbors are anxious for the opening of a new store.
3 : beginning People who came late missed the opening of the speech.
4 : occasion entry 1 sense 3 He was waiting for an opening to tell the joke.
5 : a job opportunity There is an opening in the legal department.

opening

noun
open·​ing | \ ˈōp-(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce opening (audio) \

Medical Definition of opening

1 : an act or instance of making or becoming open
2 : something (as an anatomical aperture) that is open or opens

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