door - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a large flat object that you open when you want to enter or leave a building, room, or vehicle

    a little cottage with a red door

    The door creaked slowly open.

    There was a draught coming from under the door.

    open/close/shut the door:

    The police officer told him to open the car door.

    Shut the door – it’s cold in here!

    knock on the door (=so that someone knows you are there):

    I knocked on the door and a voice answered ‘Come in’.

    be at the door (=be outside the door to someone’s house):

    There’s someone at the door.

    answer/get the door (=go to your door to see who is there):

    Go and answer the door, will you?

    bang/slam the door (=close it noisily):

    He ran out, slamming the door behind him.

    door to/into:

    The door to the kitchen was open.

    back/front/side etc door:

    Be sure to lock the back door when you leave.

    bedroom/shed/car etc door:

    The bathroom door was shut.

    1. a.
      the space created when you open a door

      A strange figure suddenly came through the door.

      come in the door:

      I’d just come in the door when the phone rang.

      out the door:

      Anne got out the door as quickly as she could when she saw him there.

  2. 2
    an opportunity to do something, or a possibility that something will happen
    door to:

    For these young men, a sports career can be a door to fame and fortune.

    open doors (for someone) (=create opportunities):

    This new job has really opened a lot of doors for her.

    open the door to something (=make it possible):

    This decision could open the door to higher costs.

    close/shut the door on something (=make it impossible):

    The government is reluctant to shut the door on these proposals.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    kiss the door to arrive at someone's house or any other place when there's nobody there or it's closed

    Slow down! Julie is working until 5 PM. We don't want to kiss the door.

    When does the mall close? I need to return my purse and I wouldn't want to kiss the door.

    Submitted by Suz from Indonesia on 08/08/2011
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