opportune


opportune
opportune c.1400, from L. opportunus "favorable," from the phrase ob portum veniens "coming toward a port," in reference to the wind, from ob "to, toward" (see OB- (Cf. ob-)) + portus "harbor" (see PORT (Cf. port) (1)).

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  • Opportune — Op por*tune , a. [F. opporiun, L. opportunus, lit., at or before the port; ob (see {Ob }) + a derivative of portus port, harbor. See {Port} harbor.] Convenient; ready; hence, seasonable; timely. Milton. [1913 Webster] This is most opportune to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Opportune — Op por*tune , v. t. To suit. [Obs.] Dr. Clerke(1637). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • opportune — I adjective advantageous, appropriate, apt, auspicious, befitting, commodus, convenient, due, expedient, fit, fitting, idoneus, opportunus, propitious, providential, seasonable, suitable, suited, timely, well timed II index …   Law dictionary

  • opportune — *seasonable, timely, well timed, pat Analogous words: happy, felicitous, appropriate, fitting (see FIT adj): propitious, auspicious, *favorable: ready, prompt, *quick, apt Antonyms: inopportune …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • opportune — [adj] advantageous, lucky appropriate, apt, auspicious, convenient, favorable, felicitous, fit, fitting, fortuitous, fortunate, happy, helpful, pat, proper, propitious, seasonable, suitable, timely, timeous, well timed; concepts 548,572 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • opportune — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done or occurring at an especially convenient or appropriate time. DERIVATIVES opportunely adverb. ORIGIN Latin opportunus, from ob in the direction of + portus harbour , originally describing the wind driving towards the harbour,… …   English terms dictionary

  • opportune — [äp΄ər to͞on′, äp΄ərtyo͞on′] adj. [ME < MFr < L opportunus, lit., at or before the port < ob (see OB ) + portus,PORT1] 1. right for the purpose; fitting in regard to circumstances: said of time 2. happening or done at the right time;… …   English World dictionary

  • Opportune — Sainte Opportune La plus ancienne représentation de la sainte en Normandie (abbaye de Lessay, XIIIe siècle) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • opportune — opportunely, adv. opportuneness, n. /op euhr toohn , tyoohn /, adj. 1. appropriate, favorable, or suitable: an opportune phrase for the occasion. 2. occurring or coming at an appropriate time; well timed: an opportune warning. [1375 1425; late ME …   Universalium


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