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noun opening pronunciation in British English /ˈəʊp(ə)nɪŋ/
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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.
    1. a.
      a job that needs a person to do it
      We have several openings in the sales division.
  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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