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open door


  1. the policy of admitting people of all nationalities or ethnic groups to a country upon equal terms, as for immigration.
  2. the policy or practice of trading with all nations on an equal basis.
  3. admission or access; unrestricted opportunity:

    His experience had given him an open door to success in his field.

open door


  1. a policy or practice by which a nation grants opportunities for trade to all other nations equally
  2. free and unrestricted admission


  1. open to all; accessible
  2. (in industrial relations) designating a policy of management being prepared to talk to workers in the office at any time

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Other Words From

  • open-door adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of open door1

First recorded in 1520–30

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Example Sentences

She said she had walked through an open door after the barricades were broken down.

Even though new development was shut down two years earlier, it’s such a common browser that if you can find a way to hack it, you’ve got a potential open door to billions of computers.

Other lingered in front of a large portrait of Miller that rested on an easel in front of the open doors of the Senate chamber.

In it, you can see Goodman glance quickly to the left at the open door to the Senate floor which had not yet been fully evacuated.

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In front of them are the large open doors of the venue, which used to be Mount Rainier’s firehouse.

The Kim regime—and certainly others—have surely noticed the open door.

We got to the landing and ran through the open door bin Laden entered.

The smell of death still emanates from the bathroom and chickens go back and forth through the open door.

Kenny Durkin stuck his head into the open door and yelled at me.

Two old men are sitting on the steps in front of the open door.

She thrust a bare, white arm from the curtain which shielded her open door, and received the cup from his hands.

Louis could not help seeing the lovely group, through the half-obscuring draperies of the open door.

She heard through the half-open door Mr. Orgreave's slippers on the tiles of the passage leading to the stairs.

Another female person, whom I put down as Madam Stone, arose and disappeared through an open door at my approach.

Once he had galloped up to the open door, looked in, spoken in a friendly way to her, and ridden on.


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