Synonyms of opening in English:


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See UK English definition of opening

See Spanish definition of abertura


1‘the large hall is lit by an opening in the centre of the roof’

hole, gap, aperture, space, orifice, vent, slot, window, crack, slit, gash, split, fissure, perforation, cleft, crevice, cut, incision, rent, cavity, cranny, groove, chink, eye, mouth
loophole, peephole, judas
British spyhole
Medicine hiatus, foramen

2‘she was still heading towards the dark opening in the wall’

doorway, gateway, portal, way, entrance, entry, entryway, means of entry, way in, entrée, access, means of access, exit, egress, way out

3‘United created openings but were unable to score’

opportunity, chance, favourable moment, favourable occasion, favourable time, right set of circumstances, moment, occasion, window, window of opportunity, possibility, turn, time
informal break, lucky break, shot

4‘I'm looking for an opening with a stockbroker’

vacancy, position, job, opportunity

5‘the opening of the session had been repeatedly postponed’

beginning, start, outset, inception, launch, birth, dawn
introduction, preliminary, preface, prelude, foreword, preamble, prefatory remarks, opening statement, opening remarks, prologue
informal kick-off
formal commencement
rare proem, prolegomenon

closure, close, end, termination

6‘he crashes gallery openings for a bite of smoked salmon’

opening ceremony, official opening, launch, initiation, inauguration, institution, foundation, establishment, setting up, formation, constitution, opening night, premiere, first night, first showing
private view, vernissage