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adjective, verb (used with or without object), oped, op·ing. Literary.
  1. open.
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Contemporary Examples of ope

Historical Examples of ope

  • You 've often told me I treat you badly—well I 'ope you 'll be glad when I 'm gone.

  • I 'ope you'll excuse the liberty, but I did laugh, and I won't say but I shed a few tears too.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • There is such a thing, sir, I 'ope, as Libbaty of Conscience.

    Two Sides of the Face

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • You were born for a mansion, an' I 'ope you'll always 'ave one to live in.'

  • Yet how can I ope the door to you—at night—he not at home—I alone?

    The Phantom Ship

    Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for ope


verb, adjective
  1. an archaic or poetic word for open
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Word Origin and History for ope


short for open (adj.), early 13c. "not closed; not hidden;" originally as awake is from awaken, etc. As a verb from mid-15c. Middle English had ope-head "bare-headed" (c.1300).

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