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|present participle||opening up|
|past tense||opened up|
|past participle||opened up|
He opens up the drugstore every morning.
Open up! This is the police!
It’s taken a few months, but Katy is now starting to open up to me.
Look, the rose buds are beginning to open up.
I opened up a folding chair for my grandmother.
I think we need to open up the discussion and ask members of the audience for their opinions.
The building of canals opened up the interior of the country.
China is opening up to foreign investment.
Going freelance opens up all sorts of possibilities to you.
New markets are opening up every day.
The issue of immigration has opened up deep divisions within the party.
The Braves have opened up a three game lead over the second-place team.
When they opened her up they found a huge tumor.
Donald wants to retire and open up a bookstore.
The rose buds are beginning to open up.
She opened her umbrella up at the first drops of rain.
This is the American English definition of open up. View British English definition of open up.
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