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Below you will find the definition of opportune, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose
EXAMPLES - Opportune in a Sentence
- Australian police say Indian driver attack 'opportune' (source)
- "That is almost what you might call opportune, Kittredge. (source)
- Gas row 'opportune' for Russia to put pressure on Belarus - (source)
- [Footnote 269: Or "opportune" viz for inflicting a fatal wound. (source)
- For example, there's the use of the word 'opportune' by Florizel in (source)
- Maidie's expressed wish to visit her lawyer was therefore opportune. (source)
- Gas row 'opportune' for Russia to put pressure on Belarus - Lukashenko (source)
- Tech security startup Solera Networks is getting traction at an opportune time. (source)
- He described Agliotti's timing in seeking to lift the house arrest as "opportune". (source)
- The gas dispute with Belarus was "opportune" for Russia to put political pressure on (source)
- I often put it up on the dashboard for opportune grouse when driving around the woods. (source)
- Not much of a stargazer, myself, as that type of "opportune" brillance can be blinding. (source)
- He thinks it so; otherwise, He would not have revealed His Trinitarian Nature until a more 'opportune' time. (source)
- As soon as we got near enough to lend a hand the Turks resigned themselves with a kind of opportune fatalism. (source)
- President Obama couldn't have picked a more opportune time to put colleges on notice about their rising costs. (source)
- April is Financial Literacy Month -- an opportune time for parents to discuss personal finance with their children. (source)
- An opportune moment for a spot of invalid cooking if there ever was one, so I made chicken soup and a spiced plum cake. (source)
- Doug had pressed him, but Tritia had told him with a slight tug on the arm that the questioning could wait until a more opportune time. (source)
- A colossal, uncontainable crisis of immigration is at hand, and there couldn't be a more opportune time to tackle the issue than right now. (source)
- If earlier proxies show that the CEO keeps getting options around that date, then that is highly likely to be an opportune time for you to buy. (source)
- The timing of the sale is also opportune, as it offsets to some extent the uncertainty caused by the civil unrest in West Asia and North Africa. (source)
- In essence, this play on words becomes something of a barrier, too, and hides the fact of Johnny's success until the dramatically opportune moment. (source)
- Asked why TNA had ignored 'three invitations' for talks, Senathirajah replied that they had felt it was not the 'opportune' time for such interactions. (source)
- Programme (UNDP) to familiarise more than 100 incoming MPs on parliamentary conduct, was "opportune", the state-owned Herald noted in its Monday edition. (source)
- " cofounder Tony Conrad wrote that he's thrilled to be joining AOL at an "opportune" time: "Aol is doing what great, sustainable business do every so often - (source)
- One powerful group has seized this opportune time to throw their support behind a candidate, and it could shake up the election more than any other endorsement to date. (source)
- When he saw who it was, his thunderous expression changed at once to one of courteous welcome, though I gathered our appearance was still not as opportune as might have been wished. (source)
- Earlier this year, the Swedish government said it intended to reduce its stake in the group when "opportune," while Norway's trade and industry minister said a sale hinged on a good price. (source)
- Without Scott, Bennett knew the Cavaliers would start operating more frequently out of a four-guard lineup, and he thought the zone defense would be more opportune under those circumstances. (source)
- "She comes to us, does she not, " asked Boots, -at a peculiarly opportune time, at an instant when we are struggling in desperate straits, at a time when we find ourselves in agonizing and desperate need. (source)
- This woman is a reminder about the stupidity of the extreme right and it an opportune to remind America that despite the criticisms being leveraged against President Obama, the alternative is much, much worst. (source)
- In summation there are still all kind of opportune possibilities still open to Universal Studios Home Entertainment for a good Halloween 2009 release if none of these have already occurred to the powers-that-be. (source)
- His Russian opposite number's visit was extremely "opportune" which was hardly surprising considering that it was Tashkent that had insisted on receiving Medvedev in 2009 and not during his future Central Asian tour. (source)
- If Alobar was ever going to take the step, if he was ever going to kick the longevity habit and rejoin his beloved Kudra (or Wren, or Kudra and Wren: who knew how heavenly the Other Side might really be?), 1953 was opportune. (source)
- And sure enough, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, acknowledging that Zelaya's gambit has indeed changed the terms of the debate, issued a statement saying that the time was "opportune" to restore Zelaya to the presidency. (source)
- They contend that it would be opportune, in order to gain those who differ from us, to omit certain points of her teaching which are of lesser importance, and to tone down the meaning which the Church has always attached to them. (source)
- Mendez said the date was also "opportune" because Spaniards would also know more other planned reforms that might delay their retirement age from 65 to 67, and about the government's 2011 budget, which might feature even more austerity. (source)
- It also recommends the sale of the overseas interests of the Dublin Airport Authority, including a 20% stake in Germany's Dusseldorf airport, and the sale of the government's 25% stake in Irish airline Aer Lingus "as soon as is opportune." (source)
- Aside from those "opportune" moments when far-edge or off-screen characters or objects are making sounds, the mix remains focused in the center channel with the two directional music stems used to provide some spread and presence to the score. (source)
- Lionberg had risen in a levitation that was opportune -- silent, invisible -- and he hovered just above the ground, not breathing, listening to her sigh as she stroked herself between her legs for the longest time, finishing with a sob of relief. (source)
- The nephews and nieces continued that Mrs Miceli, as testamentary executor, never objected to their claim for the shares, nor to the amount of shares in question, but simply told them that the shares would be registered in their names at the "opportune" moment. (source)
- The belief was that Morocco had an opportune moment; a historic window with the potential to become the first Arabic country to genuinely embrace a process of full democratization with a clear separation of powers, and with the aim of establishing strong and independent institutions. (source)
- The book, titled The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, comes at an especially opportune moment, for its reporting and its analysis turn our attention from the hurly-burly of the arena of the president's life in the White House to the man himself, a figure at once ubiquitous and remote. (source)
- The widely anticipated return to continental Europe is part of Mr. Bolland's strategy to reduce the company's dependency on the U.K. economic cycle and comes at an opportune time when British consumers are under increasing pressure amid rising inflation, job insecurity and weak consumer confidence. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 46.0, which suggests that "opportune" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 20 synonyms for opportune.
appropriate, apt, auspicious, convenient, favorable, felicitous, fit, fitting, fortuitous, fortunate, happy, helpful, pat, proper, propitious, seasonable, suitable, timely, timeous, well-timed
We have 9 antonyms for opportune.
disadvantageous, inappropriate, inauspicious, inopportune, unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky, unsuitable, untimely
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ŏpˌər-to͞onˈ, -tyo͞onˈ)
View up to 25 definitions of opportune from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Suited or right for a particular purpose: an opportune place to make camp.
- (adjective) Occurring at a fitting or advantageous time: an opportune arrival.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Suitable for some particular purpose.
- (adjective) At a convenient or advantageous time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Convenient; ready; hence, seasonable; timely.
- (verb-transitive) To suit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Seasonable; timely; well-timed; convenient.
- (None) Conveniently exposed; liable; open.
- (None) To suit; accommodate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose