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noun opening pronunciation in American English /ˈoʊp(ə)nɪŋ/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] an occasion when a new store, public building. etc. starts working and being available for people to use or visit
    opening of:

    the opening of a new airport

    grand opening (=an opening celebrated with a big party or a sale):

    Lots of movie stars were invited to the mall's grand opening.

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

    Alison squeezed through a narrow opening in the fence.

    The doctors had to make an opening in her windpipe.

  3. 3
    [countable] the beginning of something

    He appears briefly at the opening of the play.

  4. 4
    [countable] an opportunity to do something
    opening for:

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

    1. a.
      a job that needs a person to do it

      We have several openings in the sales division.

  5. 5
    [countable/uncountable] the act of opening something
    opening of:

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


a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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