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opening

noun uk   /ˈəʊ.pən.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈoʊp.nɪŋ/

opening noun (HOLE)

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

opening noun (CEREMONY)

B2 [C usually singular] a ceremony at the beginning of an event or activity: The official opening of the new school will take place next month.

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.

opening noun (OPPORTUNITY)

[C] a job or an opportunity to do something: There's an opening for an editorial assistant in our department.

opening

adjective [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
(Definition of opening from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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