opening

noun

open·​ing
ˈōp-niŋ,
ˈō-pə- How to pronounce opening (audio)
1
a
: 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)
(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
4
b
: an opportunity for employment

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In May, job openings ticked up to 8.1 million, the Labor Department said this week. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 5 July 2024 Spain suffered a blow in the opening 10 minutes when its 21-year-old midfield star Pedri was forced off having sustained an injury after he was fouled by German counterpart Toni Kroos. Ben Morse, CNN, 5 July 2024 The 2024 Paris Olympics opening ceremony will take place on July 26, and the games will run through Aug. 11. Regina Cho, VIBE.com, 5 July 2024 Year to date, retail sales are up 19 percent to 2023, according to Goop, which expects to see the trend continue with the opening of the new store. Ryma Chikhoune, WWD, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for opening 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of opening was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Opening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opening. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

opening

noun
open·​ing ˈōp-(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce opening (audio)
1
: an act or instance of making or becoming open
the opening of a new store
welcome to our grand opening
2
: something that is open: as
b
: an open place
an opening in the woods
3
: beginning sense 2
the opening of fishing season
4
a
: occasion entry 1 sense 1, chance
saw an opening to run with the ball
b
: a job opportunity
openings for welders and machinists

Medical Definition

opening

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