opportune

adjective op·por·tune \ ˌä-pər-ˈtün , -ˈtyün \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

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.

opportunely

adverb

opportuneness

play \ˌä-pər-ˈt(y)ün-nəs\ noun

Examples of opportune in a Sentence

  1. There isn't a more opportune time to invest in the stock market.

  2. an opportune rain shower gave them an excuse to leave the outdoor concert early

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Origin and Etymology of 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, 1port" + -nus, adjective suffix (vowel length perhaps after the ablative portū)


OPPORTUNE Defined for English Language Learners

opportune

adjective

Definition of opportune for English Language Learners

  • : suitable or right for a particular situation

  • : done or happening at the right time



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