Synonyms of opening in English:


See definition of opening


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, spyhole, peephole, judas


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