open out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyopen out
he/she/itopens out
present participleopening out
past tenseopened out
past participleopened out
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a path or passage opens out, it becomes wider at the end
    open out into:

    The alleyway opened out into a courtyard behind the houses.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if something opens out, or if you open it out, it opens from a folded position so that you can see its shape

    The buds on the trees were starting to open out.

    She opened the map out on the table.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if a discussion opens out, or if you open it out, it becomes more general or it starts to include more subjects

    He tried to open out the conversation.

See also main entry: open