WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
op•por•tune /ˌɑpɚˈtun, -ˈtyun/USA pronunciation adj.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- correct or right for a certain purpose or aim;
apt:an opportune comment.
- occurring or happening at a good or appropriate time;
well-timed:an opportune appearance at the press conference.
op•por•tune (op′ər to̅o̅n′, -tyo̅o̅n′),USA pronunciation adj.
- appropriate, favorable, or suitable:an opportune phrase for the occasion.
- occurring or coming at an appropriate time;
well-timed:an opportune warning.
- Latin opportūnus convenient, equivalent. to op- op- + portu-, stem of portus access, port1 + -nus adjective, adjectival suffix (u lengthened as in tribūnus tribune)
- late Middle English 1375–1425
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged apt;
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged convenient. Opportune, seasonable, timely refer to something that is particularly fitting or suitable for a certain time. Opportune refers to something that is well-timed and meets exactly the demands of the time or occasion:an opportune remark.Something that is seasonable is right or proper for the time or season or occasion:seasonable weather.Something that is timely occurs or is done at an appropriate time, esp. in time to meet some need:timely intervention.
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