O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [oh-puh-ning]
    • /ˈoʊ pə nɪŋ/
    • /ˈəʊpnɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-puh-ning]
    • /ˈoʊ pə nɪŋ/

Definitions of opening word

  • noun opening an open or clear space. 1
  • noun opening the open air. 1
  • noun opening the open water, as of the sea. 1
  • noun opening an opening or aperture. 1
  • noun opening an opening or opportunity. 1
  • noun opening a contest or tournament in which both amateurs and professionals may compete, especially in golf and tennis. 1

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Origin of opening

First appearance:

before 1125
One of the 6% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1125-75; See origin at open, -ing1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Opening


opening popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

opening usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for opening

adjective opening

  • inaugural — of or relating to an inauguration: Harding's inaugural address.
  • initial — of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first: the initial step in a process.
  • first — being before all others with respect to time, order, rank, importance, etc., used as the ordinal number of one: the first edition; the first vice president.
  • introductory — serving or used to introduce; preliminary; beginning: an introductory course; an introductory paragraph.
  • foundational — the basis or groundwork of anything: the moral foundation of both society and religion.

noun opening

  • gap — a department in SE France. 2179 sq. mi. (5645 sq. km). Capital: Gap.
  • breach — If you breach an agreement, a law, or a promise, you break it.
  • aperture — An aperture is a narrow hole or gap.
  • hole — an opening through something; gap; aperture: a hole in the roof; a hole in my sock.
  • fissure — a narrow opening produced by cleavage or separation of parts.

Antonyms for opening

adjective opening

  • last — occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring.
  • pre-eminent — eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing: He is preeminent in his profession.
  • concluding — final
  • aftermost — closer or closest to the rear or (in a vessel) the stern; last
  • endwise — Upright, or standing on end.

noun opening

  • agreement — An agreement is a formal decision about future action which is made by two or more countries, groups, or people.
  • end — Come or bring to a final point; finish.
  • closure — The closure of a place such as a business or factory is the permanent ending of the work or activity there.
  • conclusion — When you come to a conclusion, you decide that something is true after you have thought about it carefully and have considered all the relevant facts.
  • continuation — The continuation of something is the fact that it continues, rather than stopping.

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