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"opaque" in British English

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opaqueadjective

uk   /əʊˈpeɪk/  us   /oʊ-/
preventinglight from ​travelling through, and ​therefore not ​transparent or ​translucent: opaque ​glass/​tights formal Opaque writing or ​speech is ​difficult to ​understand: I ​find her ​poetry a little too opaque.

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(Definition of opaque from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"opaque" in American English

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opaqueadjective [not gradable]

 us   /oʊˈpeɪk/
(of a ​substance) ​preventinglight from ​traveling through, and ​therefore not ​allowing you to ​see through it: opaque ​watercolors Opaque also ​meansdifficult to ​understand: The ​majority of readers ​found his ​poetrydifficult, ​even opaque.
(Definition of opaque from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"opaque" in Business English

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opaqueadjective

uk   us   /əʊˈpeɪk/
difficult to understand or know about, especially because things have been intentionally ​keptsecret or made complicated: Governments have been able to ​maintain opaque and ​discriminatoryprocurementpractices. Accounting ​firms have been notoriously opaque about their ​finances in the past.
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