[ op-er-toon, -tyoon ]
/ ˌɒp ərˈtun, -ˈtyun /
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appropriate, favorable, or suitable: an opportune phrase for the occasion.
occurring or coming at an appropriate time; well-timed: an opportune warning.
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Origin of opportune

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin opportūnus “convenient,” equivalent to op-op- + portu-, stem of portus “access,” port1 + -nus adjective suffix (u lengthened as in tribūnustribune1)

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2. 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, especially in time to meet some need: timely intervention.



opportune , opportunistic
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What does opportune mean?

Opportune means appropriate, favorable, or suitable for a particular situation or occasion.

It can also mean coming at the right time. The terms timely and well-timed mean the same thing.

Opportune is especially used in the phrases opportune moment and opportune time, meaning the moment that’s most suitable or favorable (for something to happen or be done).

The opposite is inopportune, meaning inappropriate, inconvenient, or untimely, as in The audit was very inopportune—it came at the worst possible time.

Example: I believe that now is the opportune time to bring out dessert.

Where does opportune come from?

The first records of the word opportune come from around 1400. It comes from the Latin opportūnus, meaning “convenient.” The port in opportūnus referred to a seaport—the word originally meant “coming to the harbor and obtaining timely protection.”

The word opportunity is based on the same root. The best opportunities come at an opportune time—the time when they can be taken advantage of. The words opportunist, opportunistic, and opportunism are also based on the same root. These words are typically used in a negative way, but they involve taking advantage of the opportune moment to do something.

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What are some other forms related to opportune?

  • opportunely (adverb)
  • opportuneness (noun)
  • inopportune (adjective)

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How is opportune used in real life?

Opportune is especially used to describe the word time or moment to indicate that it is the perfect time for something to happen.


Try using opportune!

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for opportune

A. convenient
B. apt
C. fortunate
D. inappropriate

How to use opportune in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for opportune

/ (ˈɒpəˌtjuːn) /

occurring at a time that is suitable or advantageous
fit or suitable for a particular purpose or occurrence

Derived forms of opportune

opportunely, adverbopportuneness, noun

Word Origin for opportune

C15: via Old French from Latin opportūnus, from ob- to + portus harbour (originally: coming to the harbour, obtaining timely protection)
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