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phrasal verb
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present tense
I/you/we/theyopen up
he/she/itopens up
present participleopening up
past tenseopened up
past participleopened up

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to open a locked door, container, or building

    He opens up the drugstore every morning.

    Open up! This is the police!

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to talk more about your personal feelings and experiences
    open up to:

    It's taken a few months, but Katy is now starting to open up to me.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if something opens up or you open it up, it opens from a folded position so that you can see its shape

    Look, the rose buds are beginning to open up.

    I opened up a folding chair for my grandmother.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of open up
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if a discussion opens up, or if you open it up, it becomes more general or starts to include more subjects

    I think we need to open up the discussion and ask members of the audience for their opinions.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of open up
  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to make it easier to travel or do business in a country

    The building of canals opened up the interior of the country.

    open up to:

    China is opening up to foreign investment.

  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to create a new opportunity or possibility

    Going freelance opens up all sorts of possibilities to you.

    New markets are opening up every day.

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  7. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] to create a difference between the people or groups involved in something

    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.

  8. 8
    [intransitive] to start shooting a gun

    He opened up on the crowd with an automatic rifle.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of open up
  9. 9
    [transitive] open someone up informal to cut into someone's body for medical reasons

    When they opened her up they found a huge tumor.

  10. 10
    [intransitive/transitive] same as open2 (sense 5)

    Donald wants to retire and open up a bookstore.

  11. 11
    [intransitive/transitive] if something opens up, or if you open it up, it opens from a folded position so that you can see its shape

    The rose buds are beginning to open up.

    She opened her umbrella up at the first drops of rain.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of open up
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