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o·pen

open

 
 
pronunciation:
o pn
parts of speech:
adjective, verb, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: allowing something or someone to pass through or to get to the inside; not shut or closed.
A cool breeze came through the open window.
 
synonyms:
accessible
similar words:
ajar, free, unfastened, unlocked, yawning
definition 2: having no trees or structures.
We rode our horses through the open field.
similar words:
bare, clear, empty, treeless, vacant
definition 3: that may be attended or taken part in by all; public.
Our town held an open meeting to introduce the new mayor.
synonyms:
public
antonyms:
private, secret
similar words:
general
definition 4: available.
My school has open positions for two teachers.
synonyms:
available, vacant
antonyms:
filled
similar words:
up for grabs, void
definition 5: behaving or speaking in an honest or direct way.
Maria is open about her problems in school.Frankie told an open lie.
synonyms:
direct, frank, outspoken
antonyms:
hidden, mysterious, private
similar words:
aboveboard, sincere
definition 6: prepared to do business.
That supermarket is open twenty-four hours a day.
definition 7: able to accept new ideas or beliefs.
Our teacher is open to our ideas about the class trip.
similar words:
accessible, agreeable, open-minded, tolerant
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: opened, opening, opens
definition 1: to change from being shut or closed.
I opened the door to let in the dog.
antonyms:
close, shut
similar words:
clear, force, part, pry, unfasten, unlock
definition 2: to free from obstacles to allow passage.
They opened the path by removing the fallen trees.
synonyms:
clear
antonyms:
bar, close
similar words:
burst, flush, smooth
definition 3: to begin.
She opened the meeting with a short speech.
synonyms:
begin, commence
antonyms:
close, conclude
similar words:
embark upon, initiate, introduce, launch, preface, usher in
definition 4: to spread out or expand.
The bird opened its wings and flew away.
synonyms:
spread
antonyms:
close, shut
similar words:
extend, stretch, unfold
definition 5: to become open.
The flowers opened after I put them in water.
antonyms:
close
similar words:
burst, expand, part, rupture, widen
definition 6: to start or begin.
The play opens with a speech by a young girl.
synonyms:
begin, commence
antonyms:
close
similar words:
dawn, originate
definition 7: to become spread out (often followed by "out").
My umbrella opens when the button on its handle is pushed.
synonyms:
unfold
antonyms:
close
similar words:
bloom, blossom, expand, extend, flower, part
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the outdoors (preceded by "the").
They went out in the open for some cool air.
synonyms:
outdoors, outside
definition 2: the condition of being without secrecy or not being hidden (usually used with "the").
Let's bring the truth into the open.
similar words:
daylight
derivations: openly (adv.), opener (n.), openness (n.)
Word Builder: open +
  • opener:
    a device that opens cans or other things.
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