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open verb
1. cause to open or to become open
Related: open_up
Antonyms: close
  • "Mary opened the car door"
2. start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
Related: open_up
Antonyms: close_up
  • "open a business"
3. (change_state) become open
Related: open_up
Antonyms: close
  • "The door opened"
4. (start) begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
Antonyms: close
  • "He opened the meeting with a long speech"
5. (yield) make available
Related: open_up
  • "This opens up new possibilities"
6. (arise) become available
Related: open_up
  • "an opportunity opened up"
7. have an opening or passage or outlet
  • "The bedrooms open into the hall"
8. (move) make the opening move
  • "Kasparov opened with a standard opening"
9. (expose) display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
Antonyms: close
open adjective
1. (open) affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed
Related: unfastened
Antonyms: shut
  • "an open door"
  • "they left the door open"
2. (open) affording free passage or access
Antonyms: closed
  • "open drains"
  • "the road is open to traffic"
  • "open ranks"
3. used of mouth or eyes
Related: opened
Antonyms: closed
  • "keep your eyes open"
  • "his mouth slightly opened"
4. (set theory) of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints
Antonyms: closed
5. open to or in view of all
  • "an open protest"
  • "an open letter to the editor"
6. not having been filled
  • "the job is still open"
7. accessible to all
  • "open season"
  • "an open economy"
8. having no protecting cover or enclosure
  • "an open boat"
  • "an open fire"
  • "open sports cars"
9. not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought
Related: undecided, undetermined, unresolved
  • "an open question"
  • "our position on this bill is still undecided"
  • "our lawsuit is still undetermined"
10. not sealed or having been unsealed
Related: opened
  • "the letter was already open"
  • "the opened package lay on the table"
11. without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition
  • "the clarity and resonance of an open tone"
  • "her natural and open response"
12. ready for business
  • "the stores are open"
open noun
1. (area) a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
Related: clear
  • "finally broke out of the forest into the open"
2. (tournament) a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
3. (public_knowledge) information that has become public
Related: surface
  • "all the reports were out in the open"
  • "the facts had been brought to the surface"
clear adjective
1. affording free passage or view
Related: open
  • "a clear view"
  • "a clear path to victory"
  • "open waters"
  • "the open countryside"
capable adjective
1. possibly accepting or permitting
Related: open, subject
  • "a passage capable of misinterpretation"
  • "open to interpretation"
  • "an issue open to question"
  • "the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
afford verb
1. afford access to
Related: open, give
  • "the door opens to the patio"
  • "The French doors give onto a terrace"
exposed adjective
1. with no protection or shield
Related: open
  • "the exposed northeast frontier"
  • "open to the weather"
  • "an open wound"
loose adjective
1. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
Related: open
  • "an open texture"
  • "a loose weave"
unfold verb
1. (undo) spread out or open from a closed or folded state
Related: spread, spread_out, open
Antonyms: fold
  • "open the map"
  • "spread your arms"
overt adjective
1. (explicit) open and observable; not secret or hidden
Related: open
Antonyms: covert
  • "an overt lie"
  • "overt hostility"
  • "overt intelligence gathering"
  • "open ballots"
receptive adjective
1. ready or willing to receive favorably
Related: open
Antonyms: unreceptive
  • "receptive to the proposals"
candid adjective
1. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
Related: open, heart-to-heart
  • "his candid eyes"
  • "an open and trusting nature"
  • "a heart-to-heart talk"
outdoors noun
1. (outside) where the air is unconfined
Related: out-of-doors, open_air, open
  • "he wanted to get outdoors a little"
  • "the concert was held in the open air"
  • "camping in the open"
assailable adjective
1. not defended or capable of being defended
Related: undefendable, undefended, open
  • "an open city"
  • "open to attack"
open(a) adjective
1. not requiring union membership
  • "an open shop employs nonunion workers"
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