What is the meaning of open?


  • A clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water.
    • usage: "finally broke out of the forest into the open"
  • Where the air is unconfined.
    • usage: "he wanted to get outdoors a little"; "the concert was held in the open air"; "camping in the open"
  • A tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play.
  • Information that has become public.
    • usage: "all the reports were out in the open"; "the facts had been brought to the surface"


  • Cause to open or to become open.
    • usage: "Mary opened the car door"
  • Start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning.
    • usage: "open a business"
  • Become open.
    • usage: "The door opened"
  • Begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc..
    • usage: "He opened the meeting with a long speech"
  • Spread out or open from a closed or folded state.
    • usage: "open the map"; "spread your arms"
  • Make available.
    • usage: "This opens up new possibilities"
  • Become available.
    • usage: "an opportunity opened up"
  • Have an opening or passage or outlet.
    • usage: "The bedrooms open into the hall"
  • Make the opening move.
    • usage: "Kasparov opened with a standard opening"
  • Afford access to.
    • usage: "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"
  • Display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer.


  • Affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed.
    • usage: "an open door"; "they left the door open"
  • Affording free passage or access.
    • usage: "open drains"; "the road is open to traffic"; "open ranks"
  • With no protection or shield.
    • usage: "the exposed northeast frontier"; "open to the weather"; "an open wound"
  • Open to or in view of all.
    • usage: "an open protest"; "an open letter to the editor"
  • Used of mouth or eyes.
    • usage: "keep your eyes open"; "his mouth slightly opened"
  • Not having been filled.
    • usage: "the job is still open"
  • Accessible to all.
    • usage: "open season"; "an open economy"
  • Not defended or capable of being defended.
    • usage: "an open city"; "open to attack"
  • Of textures. ( full of small openings or gaps)
    • usage: "an open texture"; "a loose weave"
  • Having no protecting cover or enclosure.
    • usage: "an open boat"; "an open fire"; "open sports cars"
  • Set theory. ( of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints)
  • Not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought.
    • usage: "an open question"; "our position on this bill is still undecided"; "our lawsuit is still undetermined"
  • Not sealed or having been unsealed.
    • usage: "the letter was already open"; "the opened package lay on the table"
  • Without undue constriction as from e. G. Tenseness or inhibition.
    • usage: "the clarity and resonance of an open tone"; "her natural and open response"
  • Ready or willing to receive favorably.
    • usage: "receptive to the proposals"
  • Open and observable; not secret or hidden.
    • usage: "an overt lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering"; "open ballots"
  • Not requiring union membership.
    • usage: "an open shop employs nonunion workers"
  • Possibly accepting or permitting.
    • usage: "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"
  • Affording free passage or view.
    • usage: "a clear view"; "a clear path to victory"; "open waters"; "the open countryside"
  • Openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness.
    • usage: "his candid eyes"; "an open and trusting nature"; "a heart-to-heart talk"
  • Ready for business.
    • usage: "the stores are open"
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APAWordNet. (2010). open. Retrieved May 22, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/open/definitions/1179880
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "open" http://smartdefine.org/open/definitions/1179880 (accessed May 22, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, open, Smart Define, viewed 22 May, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/open/definitions/1179880>.
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