op·​por·​tune | \ ˌä-pər-ˈtün How to pronounce opportune (audio) , -ˈtyün \

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.

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Other Words from opportune

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

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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 The score came at an opportune time in the 65th minute, as Allen took control of the match’s momentum to set up Mendoza’s winning goal. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Boys playoff soccer roundup: Wakeland headed back to state semifinals; Celina wins after midnight," 10 Apr. 2021 Rockland’s decision last year to back away from the sponsorship came at an opportune time for Leader, which grew aggressively during the pandemic and has ambitious plans to continue. BostonGlobe.com, "The old Harborlights concert tent has a new sponsor: Leader Bank," 5 Apr. 2021 On volatility, Zielke notes that customers can hedge their bets by holding multiple cryptocurrencies, or by liquidating some of their portfolio at an opportune moment. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "High fees and pricey cowboy boots: Why crypto spending isn't about to go mainstream," 4 Apr. 2021 The more than $1 billion in tax savings came at an opportune moment: Bristol Myers was in the midst of repurchasing $6 billion worth of its own shares, an effort to lift its stock price. New York Times, "An Accidental Disclosure Exposes a $1 Billion Tax Fight With Bristol Myers," 1 Apr. 2021 The Brooklyn City School District’s spring break next week provides an opportune time for the city’s first responders to hone their active shooter training at the main campus. John Benson, cleveland, "Brooklyn Police and Fire departments schedule active shooter training at high school," 1 Apr. 2021 The outdoor living addition came at an opportune time. Anna Molvik, Better Homes & Gardens, "DIY Projects Transform a 25-Square-Foot Backyard into a Mini Outdoor Retreat," 24 Mar. 2021 This is an opportune time for guys to try and go find a bigger role for themselves. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "South Alabama’s Richie Riley not worried about rapid roster turnover," 23 Mar. 2021 His debut as a cannabis entrepreneur comes at an opportune time. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Seth Rogen Is All Fired Up," 6 Mar. 2021

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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)

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“Opportune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportune. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of opportune

: suitable or right for a particular situation
: done or happening at the right time

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