Synonyms of opening


1. opening, gap, space

usage: an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"

2. opening, ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance

usage: a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise

3. opening, change of integrity

usage: becoming open or being made open; "the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"

4. opening, opening night, curtain raising, start

usage: the first performance (as of a theatrical production); "the opening received good critical reviews"

5. opening, motion, movement, move, motility

usage: the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"

6. opening, opportunity, chance

usage: opportunity especially for employment or promotion; "there is an opening in the sales department"

7. opening, introduction

usage: the initial part of the introduction; "the opening established the basic theme"

8. possibility, possible action, opening, option, alternative, choice

usage: a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"

9. orifice, opening, porta, passage, passageway

usage: an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"

10. opening, artifact, artefact

usage: a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"

11. hatchway, opening, scuttle, entrance, entranceway, entryway, entry, entree

usage: an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship

12. opening, chess opening, succession, sequence

usage: a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess; "he memorized all the important chess openings"

13. first step, initiative, opening move, opening, beginning, start, commencement

usage: the first of a series of actions


1. open, open up

usage: cause to open or to become open; "Mary opened the car door"

2. open, open up

usage: start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning; "open a business"

3. open, open up, change state, turn

usage: become open; "The door opened"

4. open, start, start up, embark on, commence

usage: begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.; "He opened the meeting with a long speech"

5. unfold, spread, spread out, open, undo

usage: spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms"

6. open, open up, yield, give, afford

usage: make available; "This opens up new possibilities"

7. open, open up, arise, come up

usage: become available; "an opportunity opened up"

8. open

usage: have an opening or passage or outlet; "The bedrooms open into the hall"

9. open, move, go

usage: make the opening move; "Kasparov opened with a standard opening"

10. afford, open, give

usage: afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"

11. open, expose, exhibit, display

usage: display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer


1. opening (vs. closing), beginning(prenominal), first, inaugural, initiative, initiatory, first, maiden, introductory, starting

usage: first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"

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Definition and meaning of opening (Dictionary)