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 opportuneness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for opportune


seasonable, timely, well-timed


inopportune, unseasonable, untimely

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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

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United’s offensive outburst and Gregus’ emergence comes at an opportune time, with MLS’ hottest club, the San Jose Earthquakes, visiting Allianz Field at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Jan Gregus’ team assists record enough to impress Minnesota United," 2 July 2019 So the citizenship question and gerrymandering cases, which have generally split along party lines, do not come at an opportune time. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: After assuring that the Supreme Court is apolitical, chief justice faces major test," 17 June 2019 Usually a dominant baseliner who goes for broke at opportune times, Stephens looked depleted of energy and inspiration in windy conditions, committing copious unforced errors and failing to move her feet. Vanja Lakic, SI.com, "Johanna Konta's Clay-Court Turnaround is No Coincidence," 5 June 2019 Soundsystems that have been around for a while will have a collection of dubplates, ready for use at opportune times. Erin Macleod, The New York Review of Books, "Dancehall: Raising the Voices of the Dead," 22 May 2019 The new initiative comes at an opportune time for the search giant, whose growth in ad revenue has languished lately. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Google May Know You Better Than You Know Yourself," 17 May 2019 The announcement of yesterday’s deal with International Airlines Group couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Why This Airline CEO Just Bought 200 Boeing 737 MAX Planes—Despite Recent Issues," 19 June 2019 The flirty banter of this good-looking bouncer couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "After 10 Years of Dating in New York, This Is What I’ve Learned," 11 Feb. 2019 The remaking of his swing couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Grant Richardson is the missing piece behind Fishers' run to the state championship game," 13 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of opportune

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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