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Definition of opportune

1 : suitable or convenient for a particular occurrence an opportune moment the legal authorities helped by the opportune use of their powers of arrest— T. E. Vedney
2 : occurring at an appropriate time an opportune offer of assistance The book's publication is opportune.

Other Words from opportune

opportunely adverb
opportuneness \ ˌä-​pər-​ˈt(y)ün-​nəs How to pronounce opportune (audio) \ noun

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Opportune comes from Latin opportūnus, which can mean "favoring one's needs," "serviceable," or "convenient." The word is a combination of the prefix ob-, meaning "to," and portus, a word for a port or harbor. It alludes to choosing any port in a storm for safety.

Examples of opportune in a Sentence

There isn't a more opportune time to invest in the stock market. an opportune rain shower gave them an excuse to leave the outdoor concert early
Recent Examples on the Web Professional investors might say take a nibble — or buy a small amount of stocks and bonds at opportune moments with the idea of holding them for a long time. Simon Constable, Forbes, 28 May 2022 The app quickly spread among Silicon Valley founders, coming at an opportune time in which a growing number of solo investors and a founder-friendly market had led to a proliferation of shareholders on startups’ cap tables. Kenrick Cai, Forbes, 26 May 2022 From big saves in tight on Florida captain Aleksander Barkov to the stop on Sam Reinhart that ignited the chants, this was the best of Samsonov at the most opportune time. Sun Sentinel, 7 May 2022 After a season that was constantly threatening to go off the rails, simply having all the key components together at the most opportune time can’t help but feel like storm clouds parting and a celestial light shining down upon them. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 And perhaps there will be another light-hitting infielder on one of these teams immortalized in baseball lore for putting the right swing on the ball at the most opportune time. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 The success of Crew Dragon has also come at an opportune time—while Russia threatens to withhold participation on the space station, NASA has independent transportation. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 Kairos refers to opportune, auspicious, precious time. Carol Besler, Forbes, 1 May 2022 But Qatar’s investment is coming at an opportune time as demand for LNG begins to spike worldwide. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of opportune

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for opportune

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French opportun, borrowed from Latin opportūnus "favoring one's needs, serviceable, convenient," probably originally, "blowing in the direction of a harbor (of a wind)," from ob- ob- + portu-, stem of portus "harbor, port entry 1" + -nus, adjective suffix (vowel length perhaps after the ablative portū)

Note: The name of a god of harbors, Portūnus, appears to be a secondary formation by analogy with Neptūnus "Neptune."

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“Opportune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportune. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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