open - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    if a shop, restaurant etc is open, people are working there and the public can use or visit it

    Are the shops open on Sundays?

    There’s a bar that stays open all night.

    open for business:

    We are open for business from Monday to Friday.

    open to the public:

    The house is only open to the general public for three weeks each year.

  2. 2
    something that is open has no cover or has its edges separated so that you can see or take out what is inside

    A book lay open on the table.

    She stuffed the photographs into an open drawer.

    tear/pull/rip something open:

    The kids were ripping open their Christmas presents.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      in a position that allows someone or something to pass through

      The bedroom door was slightly open.

      throw/pull/fling something open:

      We threw open all the windows to let the air in.

      wide open:

      Someone has left the gate wide open.

       Synonyms and related words
    2. b.
      used about a part of someone’s body

      He was asleep with his mouth open.

      wide open:

      She lay still, eyes wide open, listening intently.

  3. 3
    if a road or passage is open, it is possible for things to move from one end to the other

    Many roads are blocked by snow but Snake Pass is still open.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      used about ways of sending messages to someone

      The lines are open now for you to call in with your donations.

      It’s important to keep the channels of communication open with your ex-wife.

  4. 4
    an open space or area is not covered or enclosed, or does not have many buildings, trees etc in or on it

    They had to escape across open ground.

    The top deck of the bus is open.

    open spaces:

    He loved the wide open spaces of the American West.

  5. 5
    used about someone who is honest and does not keep things secret

    Everyone in the group was very friendly and open.

    be open about something:

    He has always been open about his drinking problem.

    1. a.
      not hidden or secret

      Their relationship has deteriorated to the point of open hostility.

  6. 6
    available for anyone to take part in or to see
    open to:

    The meeting is open to the public.

    Most government files from the period are now open to scrutiny.

  7. 7
    willing to consider many different possibilities
    be open to something:

    I have some ideas about where to go, but I’m open to suggestions.

    keep an open mind:

    Police are keeping an open mind about the cause of her disappearance.

    1. a.
      used for describing a situation that has at least two possible results

      His contract keeps open the possibility that he might return to the series.

      leave something open:

      Shall we leave it open for now, and decide at the meeting?

      wide open:

      The election is still wide open.

  8. 8
    if something is open to criticism, doubt etc, it is possible or reasonable to criticize it, doubt it etc
    open to:

    The new tax was open to two serious criticisms.

    Whether or not he intended this outcome, is open to question.

    wide open:

    The system is wide open to abuse.

  9. 9
    if something is open to you, it is possible for you to do it
    open to:

    Taking him to court was the only option left open to me.