What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1[transitive] to separate the edges of something, or to take off its cover so that you can see or remove what is inside
She opened her shopping bag and took out an umbrella.
Can you open this jam jar?
Open your books at page 25.
- 2[transitive] to move a door or window into a position that allows people or things to pass through
Do you mind if I open a window?
The school gates are opened at 8.45.
- 3[intransitive/transitive] to move your arms or legs wide apart
She opened her arms to hug me.
open up[intransitive/transitive] if a new business, building etc opens, or if someone opens it, it becomes available for people to use for the first time
They decided to move to Spain and open a bar.
The college first opened in the 1960s.
- a.[intransitive/transitive] if something that has been private or secret opens, or if someone opens it to people, it becomes available for people to visit, see, or take part inopen something to someone:
There are plans to open the gardens to the public.open something to competition/inspection/scrutiny:
The telecommunications market has been opened up to competition.open your doors/gates to someone:
The farmer opens his gates to visitors during the lambing season.
- 6[transitive] to begin something such as a discussion or trial
She opened the debate by summarizing her party's position.open an investigation/inquiry/inquest:
The police have opened an investigation into his business affairs.
open the door/way
open someone's mind to something