opportune

adjective
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

Synonyms

seasonable, timely, well-timed

Antonyms

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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Throughout its recent struggles, the team had been unable to finish opportune chances while paying for casual defensive lapses. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo rally to draw against Rapids," 17 Aug. 2019 Human resource departments for larger corporations regularly update the career pages with listings for open positions, and spying one here would be an equally opportune moment to have a chat about your future with the company. Kathleen Corlett, Woman's Day, "How to Ask for a Promotion and Actually Get It," 23 July 2019 The breakup fee comes at a potentially opportune time for LSC, which was spun off from Chicago printing company R.R. Donnelley in 2016. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Facing federal antitrust lawsuit, nation’s two largest printers call off $1.4 billion merger," 23 July 2019 Another 20 minutes gone, Rossi found the ball in an opportune spot. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Tim Howard’s sweet swan song in Rapids shocking win over LAFC," 29 June 2019 The Trump administration also hoped a strapped Iran would become less capable of funding terrorist operations in the Middle East and beyond, proxy wars in the Persian Gulf, and the opportune harassment of ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "U.S. Holds All the Cards in the Showdown with Iran," 20 June 2019 The Trump administration also hoped a strapped Iran would become less capable of funding terrorist operations in the Middle East and beyond, proxy wars in the Persian Gulf, and the opportune harassment of ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: U.S. holds all the cards in showdown with Iran," 20 June 2019 This is an opportune time for the defense to show some dominance against a mediocre offensive team and simultaneously build some confidence in preparation for the regular season. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "What to watch for in NFL Preseason game 3: New York Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals," 21 Aug. 2019 But the streak-saving swing came in the eighth inning from Marco Hernandez, who delivered his first homer of the season at the most opportune time, tying the game at 3. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "Rafael Devers’s homer sparks five-run 10th as Red Sox sweep Orioles," 17 June 2019

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of opportune

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

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