1 not clear enough to see through
be, look

As the lens becomes more opaque, the patient notices a falling off in vision.


These crystals are completely opaque and nearly black.

almost, nearly
slightly, somewhat

The glasses looked slightly opaque.


The windows were nearly opaque with grime.

2 difficult to understand
extremely, fairly, very, etc.

Both question and answer are rather opaque.

The complex administrative arrangements mean that the decision-making process remains somewhat opaque.


The system is completely opaque to non-specialists.

a little, slightly, etc.
Opaque is used with these nouns: ↑glass, ↑tights

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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