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noun     opening pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] an occasion when a new shop, public building etc starts working and being available for people to use or visit
    grand opening (=an opening celebrated with a big party or a sale):

    Lots of stars were invited to the Gallery’s grand opening.

    opening of:

    the opening of a new section of ring-road

  2. 2
    [countable] a hole or place where something opens

    Alison squeezed through a narrow opening in the hedge.

    The doctors had to make an opening in her windpipe.

  3. 3
    [countable] an opportunity to do something
    opening for:

    His comments created an opening for efforts to resolve the crisis.

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  4. 4
    [countable] the beginning of something

    He appears briefly at the opening of the film.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] times when shops and businesses are open

    Staff at the supermarket campaigned against Sunday opening.

  6. 6
    [countable/uncountable] the act of opening something
    opening of:

    The opening of the new store will lead to an increase in traffic.

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