- (of type) in outline form.
- widely spaced or leaded, as printed matter.
- (of an organ pipe) not closed at the far end.
- (of a string) not stopped by a finger.
- (of a note) produced by such a pipe or string or, on a wind instrument, without the aid of a slide, key, etc.
- (of an interval) containing neither endpoint.
- (of a set) consisting of points having neighborhoods wholly contained in the set, as the set of points within a circle.
- (of a map from one topological space to another) having the property that the image of an open set is an open set.
verb (used with object)
- to recall or revoke (a judgment, decree, etc.) for the purpose of allowing further contest or delay.
- to make the first statement of (a case) to the court or jury.
verb (used without object)
- the unenclosed or unobstructed country.
- the outdoors: Vacations in the open are fine for the entire family.
- the condition of being unconcealed, recognized, or publicly known: The scandal is now out in the open.
- to become or make open.
- to expand, especially before the eye: A breathtaking panorama opened up as we reached the top of the hill.
- to achieve the initial development of: to open up a business office; to open up trade with China.
- Slang. to increase speed or the speed of (a vehicle).
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Example sentences from the Web for open
The contributions of Murray and Nikola Jokić go without saying, and when one got going, it opened up things for the other, because of how the Clippers went about trapping and doubling.Bam Adebayo Is Making Plays, Denver Is Making Us Look Bad, And The Lakers May Need To Make Some Adjustments|Chris Herring (email@example.com)|September 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Forage is focused on partnering with large companies that employ upwards of 1,000 students per year via internships to help open up new pipelines.Forage, formerly InsideSherpa, raises $9.3 million Series A for virtual work experiences|Natasha Mascarenhas|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
Jefferson County, the most populous one in the Bluegrass State, will have eight polling locations open on Election Day, and your state may decide to do something similar.Why you should vote as early as possible (and how to do it)|John Kennedy|September 17, 2020|Popular Science
Outside of New York, the publisher opened its London bureau in 2014, where it now has over 100 staffers.‘We’re about hiring journalists’: Insider Inc. launches third global news hub in Singapore|Lucinda Southern|September 17, 2020|Digiday
I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.Timeline: The 124 times Trump has downplayed the coronavirus threat|Aaron Blake, JM Rieger|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
When it became too crowded, they moved her into an open casket on the street.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Now it can't open on my phone due to what appears to be software incompatibility.
Some of them would open up deep splits in core Democratic constituencies.
And of course, Rod, being Rod, goes for it a hundred percent; his mouth drops open and he says, ‘What?’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Open-carry activists are known for baiting cops into on-camera arguments about the Second Amendment and state laws.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic|Brandy Zadrozny|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Then there was Wee Wo,—he was a little Chinese chap, and we used to send him down the chimneys to open front doors for us.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Let them open their minds to us, let them put upon permanent record the significance of all their intrigues and manœuvres.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The doors (Indian bungalows have hardly any windows, each door being half glass) were open front and back.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
It was close upon twelve o'clock, and the "Rooms" had been open to the public for two hours.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Worst danger zone, the open sea, now traversed, but on land not yet out of the wood.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for open
- (of a violin or guitar string) not stopped with the finger
- (of a pipe, such as an organ pipe) not closed at either end
- (of a note) played on such a string or pipe
- in operation; activean open account
- unrestricted; unlimitedopen credit; open insurance cover
- (of a goal, court, etc) unguarded or relatively unprotectedthe forward missed an open goal
- (of a stance, esp in golf) characterized by the front of the body being turned forward
- denoting a vowel pronounced with the lips relatively wide apart
- denoting a syllable that does not end in a consonant, as in pa
Derived forms of openopenable, adjectiveopenly, adverbopenness, noun
Word Origin for open
Idioms and Phrases with open
In addition to the idioms beginning with open
- open and aboveboard
- open and shut
- open book
- open doors
- open fire
- open house, keep
- open mind
- open one's eyes
- open one's heart to
- open one's mouth
- open question
- open season on
- open secret
- open the door to
- open up
- open with
- keep a weather eye (open)
- keep one's eyes open
- lay open
- leave open
- leave the door open
- not open one's mouth
- out in the open
- throw open
- wide open
- with one's eyes open
- with open arms