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Meaning of “opening” in the English Dictionary

"opening" in British English

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openingnoun

uk   /ˈəʊ.pən.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈoʊp.nɪŋ/
  • opening noun (HOLE)

C2 [C] a ​hole or ​space that something or someone can ​pass through: The ​childrencrawled through an opening in the ​fence.

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  • opening noun (BEGINNING)

B2 [C usually singular] the ​beginning of something: The opening of the ​novel is ​amazing. [C] the ​beginning of a ​game of chess: If you ​want to get ​anywhere in ​chess, you have to ​study the ​various openings.

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  • opening noun (OPPORTUNITY)

[C] a ​job or an ​opportunity to do something: There's an opening for an ​editorialassistant in ​ourdepartment.

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openingadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈəʊ.pən.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈoʊp.nɪŋ/
C1 happening at the ​beginning of an ​event or ​activity: her opening ​remarks the opening ​night

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

"opening" in American English

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openingnoun [C]

 us   /ˈoʊ·pə·nɪŋ/
  • opening noun [C] (READINESS FOR USE)

the first ​time a ​continuingevent is ​officiallyready for the ​public: A ​hugecrowdturned out for the opening of the new show.
  • opening noun [C] (BEGINNING)

the ​beginning of something: The opening of the ​symphony is by ​far the ​bestpart.
  • opening noun [C] (ACCESS)

a ​hole or ​space: The ​childrencrawled through an opening in the ​fence.
  • opening noun [C] (AVAILABILITY)

an ​availableposition or ​job: I ​hear you have an opening in ​sales.
(Definition of opening from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"opening" in Business English

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openingnoun

uk   us   /ˈəʊpənɪŋ/
[C or U] COMMERCE an occasion when a new ​store, ​restaurant, etc. ​starts doing ​business: A week after the opening of the ​restaurant, ​cars were ​queueing up all along the street. Pre-tax ​profitsrose, with new store openingsrunning, on ​average, at three a month.a grand/an official opening The ​store is still ​committed to its ​grand opening in October. an opening ceremony
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[U] COMMERCE the ​amount of ​time that a ​store, ​restaurant, etc. is ​open: One ​worker at the ​store criticized the problems caused by 24-hour opening. Our hours of opening are 8am to 6pm. Most ​stores have late opening in the ​run-up to Christmas.
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[C] HR, WORKPLACE a ​job that is ​available: an opening for sth They have openings for ​carpenters and ​electricians. The ​company has about 50 job openings.
[C] the ​opportunity to do something: The ​failure of this ​project has ​left an opening in the ​market.
[C or U] STOCK MARKET, FINANCE the beginning of ​business for the day on a ​stockmarket, or the ​level of ​prices at the beginning of its ​business day: The ​deal was announced ​ahead of the ​stockmarket opening.a strong/weak opening A ​weak opening on the US ​markets intensified London ​selling.
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[S] (also opening-up) COMMERCE a ​situation in which a country ​allows more ​foreigntrade and ​investment than it did before: opening to sth Since China's opening to the outside ​world in 1978, the ​marketeconomysystem has been almost entirely ​established.opening of sth It is hoped that the ​agreement will ​pave the way for an opening of American borders.
[S] (also opening-up) COMMERCE a ​situation in which a country makes ​jobs, ​markets, etc. ​available to more ​people than before: the opening of sth Because of the opening of electric ​powermarkets in the US, many new ​opportunitiespresented themselves closer to ​home.

openingadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈəʊpənɪŋ/
coming near the beginning of a speech, ​event, ​activity, etc.: opening comments/remarks The speaker will make a few opening remarks.
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE coming at the beginning of ​business for the day on a ​stockmarket: The Dow Jones quickly ​turned an opening 53-point ​rise into a 162-point ​loss.
(Definition of opening from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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