Definition of “opening” - English Dictionary

“opening” in British English

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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.

More examples

  • There was a small opening on the side of the box.
  • Tear along the dotted line to create an opening.
  • Water was flooding through an opening in the dam.
  • The rabbit escaped through an opening in the fence.
  • The rain was coming through an opening in the roof.

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.

More examples

  • The opening of the film contains a famous chase sequence.
  • The play's opening introduces the audience to the main characters.
  • The play has been performed with different openings.
  • The director filmed two different openings to the movie.
  • His letters always had a charming opening.

opening noun (OPPORTUNITY)

[ C ] a job or an opportunity to do something:

There's an opening for an editorial assistant in our department.

More examples

  • There are several openings in the firm for suitably qualified applicants.
  • Since qualifying as a teacher he's been unable to find an appropriate opening.
  • An opening for a sales assistant is being advertised in the local paper.
  • She's looking for an opening into the fashion business.
  • Her retirement has created an opening for a new head of department.

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

More examples

  • I did a few opening gags about the band that had been on before me.
  • Her clever opening gambit gave her an early advantage.
  • "I hear you're a friend of Jamie's, " was her opening gambit.
  • It was the song's opening line, a series of profanities, that caused the record to be banned on the radio station.
  • In his opening salvo the speaker fiercely attacked the government's record on healthcare.

(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 continuing event is officially ready for the public:

A huge crowd turned 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 best part.

opening noun [ C ] (ACCESS)

a hole or space:

The children crawled through an opening in the fence.

opening noun [ C ] (AVAILABILITY)

an available position 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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uk /ˈəʊpənɪŋ/ us

[ 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 profits rose, with new store openings running, 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

[ 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.

[ 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 stock market, or the level of prices at the beginning of its business day:

The deal was announced ahead of the stock market opening.
a strong/weak opening A weak opening on the US markets intensified London selling.

[ S ] also opening-up COMMERCE a situation in which a country allows more foreign trade and investment than it did before:

opening to sth Since China's opening to the outside world in 1978, the market economy system 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 power markets in the US, many new opportunities presented themselves closer to home.

openingadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈəʊpənɪŋ/ us

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 stock market:

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)