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 In docucomedy, the documentary scenes, plunked in at opportune intervals, become a blunt way to staple all the seams together. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021 From team to team, our trickiest management issues are typically one of two things: either managing up to influence the decisions that empower our team's impact or offering support within the team to envision new paths for opportune leaps of faith. Bryn Mccoy, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The Huskies were handed opportune field position, down by 10 points in the third quarter, after Holy Cross attempted an onside kick following its fourth touchdown. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 4 Sep. 2021 But Stefanski has a chance to sprinkle in surprises at opportune moments. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 And now that the world is slowly reopening and social calendars filling up once more, there's never been a more opportune time to splurge on a few fresh looks to revamp your wardrobe. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2021 This money couldn’t come at a more opportune time, given the news that the consumer price index rose 5.4 percent in June compared to the same period a year ago. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 There couldn’t be a more opportune time for healthcare executives to reimagine the role of their struggling buildings. Rita Numerof, Forbes, 7 June 2021 For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the return of several key players couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Paul Gereffi, ajc, 17 May 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)

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 20 Oct. 2021.

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

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