opening meaning

[ 'əupniŋ ] Pronunciation:   "opening" in a sentence
  • Adjective: opening  owpuning
    1. First or beginning
      "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"
    Noun: opening  owpuning
    1. An open or empty space in or between things
      "there was a small opening between the trees"
    Verb: open  owpun
    1. Cause to open or to become open
      "Mary opened the car door"
      - open up 
    2. Start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
      "open a business"
      - open up 
    3. Become open
      "The door opened"
      - open up 
    4. Begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
      "He opened the meeting with a long speech" 
    5. Spread out or open from a closed or folded state
      "open the map"
      - unfold, spread, spread out 
    6. Make available
      "This opens up new possibilities"
      - open up 
    7. Become available
      "an opportunity opened up"
      - open up 
    8. Have an opening or passage or outlet
      "The bedrooms open into the hall" 
    9. Make the opening move
      "Kasparov opened with a standard opening" 
    10. Afford access to
      "the door opens to the patio"
      - afford, give 
    11. Display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer

    Derived forms: openings

    See also: beginning, first, inaugural, initiative, initiatory, introductory, maiden, open up, opener, starting

    Type of: afford, alternative, arise, artefact [Brit], artifact [N. Amer], beginning, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, chance, change of integrity, change state, choice, come up, commence, commencement, display, embark on, entrance, entranceway, entrée, entry, entryway, exhibit, expose, give, go, introduction, motility, motion, move, movement, observance, opportunity, option, passage, passageway, sequence, space, start, start up, succession, turn, undo, yield

    Antonym: close, closing

    Part of: Earth's surface, surface

    Encyclopedia: Open, Again Open Open, sesame Open, closed, open


  • [Business]
    AmE / noun, adjective


    1 [U,C]

    the act of starting business for the first time:

    the opening of our branch in Hong Kong

    They are cutting back on new store openings.


    a formal/grand/official opening

    2 [U,C]

    the act of starting business for the day, especially on a stock market; the price of shares at this time:

    The FTSE 100 index is expected to rise sharply at Friday's opening.

    Wall Street's opening bell

    expectations of a weak opening on Wall Street

    (= with low or falling prices) OPP CLOSING

    a flat/higher/lower/strong/weak opening

    ◆ the opening high/level/low/price

    3 [U]

    the state of being open:

    Late opening of stores is common in Britain now.


    4 [sing.] = OPENING UP (1):

    They were afraid that market opening would bring increased competition.

    5 [C]

    a job that is available:

    There are several openings in the sales department.

    a website listing job openings

    6 [C]

    a good opportunity for sb:

    Winning the competition was the opening she needed for her career.

    adjective [only before noun]

    first; beginning:

    the chairman's opening remarks

    the opening session of the conference


  • [Finance]
    The period at the beginning of the trading session officially designated by an exchange, during which all transactions are considered made "at the opening." Related: Close.

  • [Medicine]
    1 : an act or instance of making or becoming open
    2 : something (as an anatomical aperture) that is open or opens


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  1. the opening of the iris is called the pupil.
  2. we ventilate a room by opening windows.
  3. the opening ceremony was a fine spectacle.
  4. sediment begins to choke the channel's opening.
  5. be sure clothes do not cover the tube opening.

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