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Definitions of open

  1. afford access to; " the door opens to the patio"; " The French doors give onto a terrace"
  2. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; " his candid eyes"; " an open and trusting nature"
  3. a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water; " finally broke out of the forest into the open"
  4. with no protection or shield; " the exposed northeast frontier"; " open to the weather"; " an open wound"
  5. lax in enforcing laws; " an open town"
  6. have an opening or passage or outlet; " The bedrooms open into the hall"
  7. information that has become public; " all the reports were out in the open"; " the facts had been brought to the surface"
  8. a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
  9. where the air is unconfined; " he wanted to get outdoors a little"; " the concert was held in the open air"; " camping in the open"
  10. ready for business; " the stores are open"
  11. not having been filled; " the job is still open"
  12. receptive to new ideas; " an open mind"; " open to new ideas"
  13. opened out; " an open newspaper"
  14. relatively empty of and unobstructed by fences or hedges or headlands or shoals; " in open country"; " the open countryside"; " open waters"; " on the open seas"
  15. without undue constriction as from e. g. tenseness or inhibition; " the clarity and resonance of an open tone"; " her natural and open response"
  16. start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning; " open a business"
  17. become available; " an opportunity opened up"
  18. cause to open or to become open; " Mary opened the car door"
  19. become open; " The door opened"
  20. not requiring union membership; " an open shop employs nonunion workers"
  21. not sealed or having been unsealed; " the letter was already open"; " the opened package lay on the table"
  22. used of mouth or eyes; " keep your eyes open"; " his mouth slightly opened"
  23. open and observable; not secret or hidden; " an overt lie"; " overt hostility"; " overt intelligence gathering"
  24. spread out or open from a closed or folded state; " open the map"; " spread your arms"
  25. affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed; " an open door"; " they left the door open"
  26. make available; " This opens up new possibilities"
  27. make the opening move; " Kasparov opened with a standard opening"
  28. display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
  29. begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.; " He opened the meeting with a long speech"
  30. sincere and free of reserve in expression; " Please be open with me"
  31. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; " his candid eyes"; " an open and trusting nature"; " a heart- to- heart talk"
  32. affording free passage or view; " a clear view"; " a clear path to victory"
  33. affording free passage or access; " open drains"; " the road is open to traffic"; " open ranks"
  34. having no protecting cover or enclosure; " an open boat"; " an open fire"; " open sports cars"
  35. used of string or hole or pipe of instruments
  36. of a set; containing points whose neighborhood consists of other points of the same set, or being the complement of an open set; of an interval; containing neither of its end points
  37. open to or in view of all; " an open protest"; " an open letter to the editor"
  38. accessible to all; " open season"; " an open economy"
  39. not secret; " open plans"; " an open ballot"
  40. ( of textures) full of small openings or gaps; " an open texture"; " a loose weave"
  41. possibly accepting or permitting; " a passage capable of misinterpretation"; " open to interpretation"; " an issue open to question"; " the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
  42. Openly.
  43. Free of access; not shut up; not closed; affording unobstructed ingress or egress; not impeding or preventing passage; not locked up or covered over; -- applied to passageways; as, an open door, window, road, etc.; also, to inclosed structures or objects; as, open houses, boxes, baskets, bottles, etc.; also, to means of communication or approach by water or land; as, an open harbor or roadstead.
  44. Free to be used, enjoyed, visited, or the like; not private; public; unrestricted in use; as, an open library, museum, court, or other assembly; liable to the approach, trespass, or attack of any one; unprotected; exposed.
  45. Free or cleared of obstruction to progress or to view; accessible; as, an open tract; the open sea.
  46. Not drawn together, closed, or contracted; extended; expanded; as, an open hand; open arms; an open flower; an open prospect.
  47. Not concealed or secret; not hidden or disguised; exposed to view or to knowledge; revealed; apparent; as, open schemes or plans; open shame or guilt.
  48. Not settled or adjusted; not decided or determined; not closed or withdrawn from consideration; as, an open account; an open question; to keep an offer or opportunity open.
  49. Free; disengaged; unappropriated; as, to keep a day open for any purpose; to be open for an engagement.
  50. Uttered, as a consonant, with the oral passage simply narrowed without closure, as in uttering s.
  51. Produced by an open string; as, an open tone.
  52. Open or unobstructed space; clear land, without trees or obstructions; open ocean; open water.
  53. To make or set open; to render free of access; to unclose; to unbar; to unlock; to remove any fastening or covering from; as, to open a door; to open a box; to open a room; to open a letter.
  54. To spread; to expand; as, to open the hand.
  55. To disclose; to reveal; to interpret; to explain.
  56. To make known; to discover; also, to render available or accessible for settlements, trade, etc.
  57. To enter upon; to begin; as, to open a discussion; to open fire upon an enemy; to open trade, or correspondence; to open a case in court, or a meeting.
  58. To loosen or make less compact; as, to open matted cotton by separating the fibers.
  59. To unclose; to form a hole, breach, or gap; to be unclosed; to be parted.
  60. To expand; to spread out; to be disclosed; as, the harbor opened to our view.
  61. To begin; to commence; as, the stock opened at par; the battery opened upon the enemy.
  62. To bark on scent or view of the game.
  63. Without reserve or false pretense; sincere; characterized by sincerity; unfeigned; frank; also, generous; liberal; bounteous; - applied to personal appearance, or character, and to the expression of thought and feeling, etc.
  64. Not of a quality to prevent communication, as by closing water ways, blocking roads, etc.; hence, not frosty or inclement; mild; - used of the weather or the climate; as, an open season; an open winter.
  65. Uttered with a relatively wide opening of the articulating organs; - said of vowels; as, the an far is open as compared with the a in say.
  66. Not closed or stopped with the finger; - said of the string of an instrument, as of a violin, when it is allowed to vibrate throughout its whole length.
  67. or unobstructed space; clear land, without trees or obstructions; open ocean; open water.
  68. Not shut; not obstructed; as, an open path; unfastened; clear of trees; as, open country; unfolded or spread out; as, an open flower; ready to hear or receive; as, an open mind; ready to be affected by; as, open to suggestion, temptation, etc.; uncovered or exposed; as, an open secret; unsealed; as, the letter was open; not frozen nor frosty; as, an open winter; clear, unreserved; as, open criticism; public; as, an open meeting; generous; as, to give with open hand; frank; as, open confession; free for use, entrance, etc.; as, the competition is still open.
  69. To unclose, as a window; to spread out, as a fan; to begin; as, to open the discussion; to break the seal of or untie, as an envelope or package; to remove obstructions from; as, to open a road; to put in operation; as, to open a store.
  70. To unclose itself; commence; to lead into; as, the door opens into the hall.
  71. Any wide space uninclosed and not covered with trees, rocks, etc.: with the.
  72. Openness, opener.
  73. Not closed; ( 1) exposed to the air, said of a wound; ( 2) interrupted, not giving passage to electricity, said of an electrical circuit.
  74. Not shut: free of access free from trees: not fenced: not drawn together: not frozen up: not frosty: free to be used, etc.: public: without reserve: frank: easily understood: generous: liberal: clear: unbalanced, as an account: attentive: free to be discussed.
  75. To make open: to bring to view: to explain: to begin.
  76. To become open: to unclose: to be unclosed: to begin to appear: to begin.
  77. Not shut or inclosed; not close; free for use; public; frank.
  78. Openness.
  79. To become open; begin.
  80. To make open; begin.
  81. To set or become open; unlock; disclose; expand; begin.
  82. Affording approach; unenclosed; expanded; accessible.
  83. Ready to receive.
  84. Having openings.
  85. Frank; ingenuous.
  86. Not shut or closed; spread; expanded; unsealed; not covered; clear; not stopped; not fenced; not frosty; public; frank; free to all comers; not clouded; not hidden; unprotected.
  87. To unclose; to unlock; to break the seal of; to part; to rend; to clear; to expand; to begin; to disclose.
  88. To unclose itself; to commence; to bark on scent of game.
  89. Not shut or closed; expanded; not covered; clear; unobstructed; free to all; artless; frank; sincere; exposed to view; liable; not frosty, applied to the weather.
  90. To unlock; to commence firing guns; to unfold; to break or split; to disclose; to explain or interpret; to begin; to bark, as dogs in hunting; to clear.
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Usage examples for open

  1. Then open your heart to me. – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  2. But what can it open? – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  3. Very well, this time you shall open it." – The Adventures of Pinocchio by C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  4. When he had gone, I didn't open the shutters at once. – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  5. She herself held the door open for them to pass out. – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  6. Keep yore eyes open. – Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford
  7. In the open it is quite another thing. – A Man and a Woman by Stanley Waterloo
  8. Remember to leave it open." – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. And you'd better be ready to open when I come back. – Police Your Planet by Lester del Rey
  10. It was always open to her as she well knew. – The Man Whom the Trees Loved by Algernon Blackwood
  11. It was half open. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  12. Let us keep our eyes open. – Monsieur Lecoq by Emile Gaboriau
  13. Mr. Copplestone left word that the house was to be open to any one who might wish to go over it." – The Crooked House by Brandon Fleming
  14. I heard the doctor's door open and his voice say: " Mr. Hobhouse! – The Man From the Clouds by J. Storer Clouston
  15. If she could only open that door! – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  16. You ought to keep your eyes open. – The Scarlet Feather by Houghton Townley
  17. Our opportunity is still open. – Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation by S. D. Gordon
  18. " But I have no other course left open to me," she continued. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  19. You have gone into this with your eyes open. – The Dominant Strain by Anna Chapin Ray
  20. Her eyes were open. – By Veldt and Kopje by William Charles Scully
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