Verb: open ow-pun
Adjective: open (opener,openest) ow-pun
- Cause to allow entrance or exit; allow entry after being shut
"Mary opened the car door";
- open up
- Start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
"open a business";
- open up
- Become open
"The door opened";
- open up
- Begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
"He opened the meeting with a long speech"
- Spread out or open from a closed or folded state
"open the map";
- unfold, spread, spread out
- Make available
"This opens up new possibilities";
- open up
- Become available
"an opportunity opened up";
- open up
- Have an opening, passage or outlet
"The bedrooms open into the hall"
- (chess) make the opening move
"Kasparov opened with a standard opening"
- Provide entry or access to
"the door opens to the patio";
- afford, give
- Display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
Noun: open ow-pun
- Affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed
"they left the door open"; "an open door";
- Affording free passage or access
"open drains"; "the road is open to traffic"; "open ranks"
- With no protection or shield
"open to the weather"; "an open wound";
- Available to or viewable by the public
"an open protest"; "an open letter to the editor"
- Used of mouth or eyes
"keep your eyes open";
- Not having been filled
"the job is still open"
- Accessible to all
"open season"; "an open economy"
- Not defended or capable of being defended
"an open city"; "open to attack";
- assailable, undefendable, undefended
- (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
"an open texture";
- Having no protecting cover or enclosure
"an open boat"; "an open fire"; "open sports cars"
- (set theory) of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints
- Not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought
"an open question";
- undecided, undetermined, unresolved
- Not sealed or having been unsealed
"the letter was already open";
- Without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition
"the clarity and resonance of an open tone"; "her natural and open response"
- Ready or willing to receive favourably
"open to the proposals";
- Observable; not secret or hidden
- Not requiring union membership
"an open shop employs nonunion workers"
- Possibly accepting or permitting
"open to interpretation"; "an issue open to question";
- capable, subject
- Affording free passage or view
"open waters"; "the open countryside";
- Openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
"an open and trusting nature";
- candid, heart-to-heart
- Ready for business
"the stores are open"
- A clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
"finally broke out of the forest into the open";
- Where the air is unconfined
"the concert was held in the open air"; "camping in the open";
- outdoors, out-of-doors, open air
- A tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
- Information that has become public
"all the reports were out in the open";
Derived forms: opens, opener, openest, opening, opened
See also: acceptant, acceptive, active, admissive, agape, agaze, ajar, artless, assimilative, available, bald, barefaced, coarse, explicit, expressed, gaping, harsh, hospitable, ingenuous, naked, nonunion, open up, opened, out on a limb, public, raw, staring, susceptible, unconcealed, unconstricted, undisguised, unenclosed, unobstructed, unprotected, unrestricted, unsealed, unsettled, unstoppered, visible, vulnerable, wide, wide-eyed, wide-open, yawning
Type of: afford, area, arise, change state, come up, commence, country, display, embark on, exhibit, expose, exterior, general knowledge, give, go, move, outside, public knowledge, start, start up, tournament, tourney [N. Amer], turn, undo, yield
Antonym: close, closed, shut
Encyclopedia: Open, closed, open