oportuno
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oportuno(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (advisable or required)
a. appropriate
Vamos a adoptar las medidas oportunas para que este tipo de incidentes no vuelva a ocurrir.We will take the appropriate measures to avoid this kind of incidents happening again.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Sería oportuno que Méndez explicara el inesperado anuncio de su renuncia.It would be best if Mendez explained the unexpected announcement of his resignation.
Resulta oportuno destacar que el proyecto será financiado con fondos privados.We should point out that the project will be financed with private funds.
2. (happening at the right time)
a. well-timed
El gol fue muy oportuno: llegó justo al terminar el segundo tiempo.The goal was well-timed: it came right at the end of the second period.
b. right
Cuando llegue el momento oportuno, te contaré lo que pasó ese día, pero todavía no puedo.When the right time comes, I'll tell you what happened that day, but I can't yet.
c. timely
Tu comentario es muy oportuno; justo te iba a hablar de ese tema.Your comment is really timely; I was just about to bring up this issue.
3. (convenient)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(used ironically)
Siempre tan oportunos, los niños, que piden ir al baño cuando acabas de entrar al cine.Children are always so reliable - they'll ask to go to the toilet the moment you step into the movie theater.
¡Siempre tan oportuna, tu madre, llamando a la hora de la cena!You can always count on your mother to phone at dinner time!
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oportuno
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (pertinente)
a. appropriate
me pareció oportuno callarmeI thought it was best to say nothing
2. (propicio)
a. timely
el momento oportunothe right time
en el momento menos oportunoat the very worst time o moment
su llegada fue muy oportunashe arrived at an opportune moment
3. (irónico)
a.
¡él siempre tan oportuno!you can always trust him to do the wrong thing!
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oportuno
adjective
1 [+ocasión] opportune
en el momento oportuno at an opportune moment; at the right moment; su llamada no pudo ser más oportuna his call could not have come at a better moment; his call could not have been better timed
2 (pertinente) appropriate
no me ha parecido oportuno decírselo I didn't think it appropriate to tell him; una respuesta oportuna an apt reply; sería oportuno hacerlo en seguida it would be best to do it at once
3 [+persona]
¡ella siempre tan oportuna! you can always rely on her!
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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