Meaning of “opaque” in the English Dictionary

"opaque" in British English

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opaqueadjective

uk /əʊˈpeɪk/ us /oʊˈpeɪk/

formal Opaque writing or speech is difficult to understand:

I find her poetry a little too opaque.

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adverb uk /əʊˈpeɪk.li/ us /oʊˈpeɪk.li/

(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) preventing light from traveling through, and therefore not allowing you to see through it:

Opaque also means difficult to understand:

The majority of readers found his poetry difficult, even opaque.

(Definition of “opaque” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"opaque" in Business English

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opaqueadjective

uk /əʊˈpeɪk/ us

difficult to understand or know about, especially because things have been intentionally kept secret or made complicated:

Governments have been able to maintain opaque and discriminatory procurement practices.
Accounting firms have been notoriously opaque about their finances in the past.
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(Definition of “opaque” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)