allowing things or people to go through
A wasp flew in the open window.
She had left the door wide open .
of sb's eyes, mouth, etc.
with eyelids or lips apart
She had difficulty keeping her eyes open (= because she was very tired) .
He was breathing through his open mouth.
spread out; with the edges apart
The flowers are all open now.
The book lay open on the table.
not blocked by anything
The pass is kept open all the year.
not fastened or covered, so that things can easily come out or be put in
Leave the envelope open.
The bag burst open and everything fell out.
Her coat was open.
not surrounded by anything; not confined
open country (= without forests, buildings, etc.)
a city with a lot of parks and open spaces
driving along the open road (= part of a road in the country, where you can drive fast)
with no cover or roof on
an open drain
people working in the open air (= not in a building)
The hall of the old house was open to the sky.
an open wound (= with no skin covering it)
if a shop/store, bank, business, etc. is open , it is ready for business and will admit customers or visitors
Is the museum open on Sundays?
The new store will be open in the spring.
The house had been thrown open to the public.
I declare this festival open.
if a competition, etc. is open , anyone can enter it
an open debate/championship/scholarship
She was tried in open court (= the public could go and listen to the trial) .
The debate was thrown open to the audience.
if a competition, building, etc. is open to particular people, those people can enter it
The competition is open to young people under the age of 18.
The house is not open to the public.
to be available and ready to use
What options are open to us?
Is the offer still open?
I want to keep my Swiss bank account open.
likely to suffer sth such as criticism, injury, etc.
The system is open to abuse.
He has laid himself wide open to political attack.
known to everyone; not kept hidden
an open quarrel
their open display of affection
His eyes showed open admiration as he looked at her.
honest; not keeping thoughts and feelings hidden
She was always open with her parents.
He was quite open about his reasons for leaving.
of a person
willing to listen to and think about new ideas
I'm open to suggestions for what you would like to do in our classes.
not yet decided
not yet finally decided or settled
The race is still wide open (= anyone could win) .
The price is not open to negotiation.
Some phrases in the contract are open to interpretation.
Which route is better remains an open question (= it is not decided) .
In an interview try to ask open questions (= to which the answer is not just ‘yes’ or ‘no’) .
with wide spaces between the threads
an open weave
of a vowel
produced by opening the mouth wide
if sth is an open secret , many people know about it, although it is supposed to be a secret
to be willing to listen to or accept new ideas or suggestions
to be quick to notice or hear things
if you describe sb or their life as an open book , you mean that you can easily understand them and know everything about them
an invitation to sb to visit you at any time
if sth is an open invitation to criminals, etc., it encourages them to commit a crime by making it easier
Leaving your camera on the seat in the car is an open invitation to thieves.
if you welcome sb with open arms , you are extremely happy and pleased to see them
to open suddenly or violently; to make sth open in this way
The door burst open.
Firefighters burst the door open and rescued them.
available to buy without any restrictions
to avoid making a decision now so that you still have a choice in the future
to move a door, window, lid, etc. so that it is no longer closed
Mr Chen opened the car door for his wife.
to move or be moved so that it is no longer closed
The door opened and Alan walked in.
to remove the lid, undo the fastening , etc. of a container, etc. in order to see or get what is inside
Shall I open another bottle?
He opened the letter and read it.
if you open your eyes or your eyes open , you move your eyelids upwards so that you can see
if you open your mouth or your mouth opens , you move your lips, for example in order to speak
He hardly ever opens his mouth (= speaks) .
to turn the cover or the pages of a book so that it is no longer closed
Open your books at page 25.
to spread out or unfold ; to spread sth out or unfold it
What if the parachute doesn't open?
The flowers are starting to open.
Open the map on the table.
He opened his arms wide to embrace her.
to make it possible for people, cars, goods, etc. to pass through a place
When did the country open its borders?
The road will be opened again in a few hours after police have cleared it.
of a shop/store, business, etc.
to start business for the day; to start business for the first time
What time does the bank open?
The company opened its doors for business a month ago.
to be ready for people to go to
The new hospital opens on July 1st.
When does the play open?
to start an activity or event
You need just one pound to open a bank account with us.
The police have opened an investigation into the death.
They will open the new season with a performance of ‘Carmen’.
Troops opened fire on (= started shooting) the crowds.
of a story, film/movie, etc.
to start in a particular way
The story opens with a murder.
to perform a ceremony showing that a building can start being used
The bridge was opened by the Queen.
to start a computer program or file so that you can use it on the screen
to provide opportunities for sb to do sth and be successful
to realize or make sb realize the truth about sth
Travelling really opens your eyes to other cultures.
to become or make sb aware of new ideas or experiences
to make it possible for sb to do sth or for sth to happen
to tell sb all your problems, feelings, etc.
it began to rain heavily
to lead to another room, area or place
to become bigger or wider
The street opened out into a small square.
to become less shy and more willing to communicate
to talk about what you feel and think
It helps to discuss your problems but I find it hard to open up.
to begin shooting
Anti-aircraft guns opened up.
often used in orders
to open a door, container, etc.
Open up or we'll break the door down!
to become or make sth possible, available or able to be reached
The railway opened up the east of the country.
Exciting possibilities were opening up for her in the new job.
to begin business for the day; to start a new business
I open up the store for the day at around 8.30.
to start a new business
There's a new Thai restaurant opening up in town.
to develop or start to happen or exist; to develop or start sth
A division has opened up between the two ministers over the issue.
Scott opened up a 3-point lead in the first game.
to appear and become wider; to make sth wider when it is narrow or closed
The wound opened up and started bleeding.
The operation will open up the blocked passages around his heart.
to make sth open that is shut, locked, etc.
She laid the book flat and opened it up.
outdoors; the countryside
Children need to play out in the open .
not hidden or secret
Government officials do not want these comments in the open .
They intend to bring their complaints out into the open .
These words all describe people saying exactly what they mean without trying to hide feelings, opinions or facts.
not hiding the truth about sth
Thank you for being so honest with me.
honest in what you say, sometimes in a way that other people might not like
To be frank with you, I think your son has little chance of passing the exam.
saying exactly what you mean in a way that nobody can pretend not to understand
You'll have to get used to his direct manner.
Being direct is sometimes considered positive but sometimes it is used as a ‘polite’ way of saying that sb is rude.
( approving ) (of a person) not keeping thoughts and feelings hidden
He was quite open about his reasons for leaving.
saying exactly what you think, even if this shocks or offends people
She was outspoken in her criticism of the plan.
honest and direct
I don't think you're being straight with me.
saying exactly what you think without trying to be polite
She has a reputation for blunt speaking.
Honest and frank refer to what you say as much as how you say it.
an honest/a frank admission of guilt
They are generally positive words, although it is possible to be too frank in a way that other people might not like.
Direct , outspoken and blunt all describe sb's manner of saying what they think. Outspoken suggests that you are willing to shock people by saying what you believe to be right. Blunt and direct often suggest that you think honesty is more important than being polite. Open is positive and describes sb's character.
I'm a very open person.
These words are all used to talk about things happening from the beginning, or people doing the first part of sth.
to begin to happen or exist; to begin in a particular way or from a particular point
When does the class start?
to start to happen or exist; to start in a particular way or from a particular point; to start speaking
When does the concert begin?
start or begin?
There is not much difference in meaning between these words. Start is more frequent in spoken English and in business contexts; begin is more frequent in written English and is often used when you are describing a series of events.
The story begins on the island of Corfu.
Start is not used to mean ‘begin speaking’.
( rather informal ) to start happening or doing sth; to start by doing or being sth
The discussion started off mildly enough.
( informal ) to start an event or activity, especially in a particular way; (of an event, activity, etc.) to start, especially in a particular way
Tom will kick off with a few comments.
The festival kicks off on Monday, September 13.
( formal ) to start happening
The meeting is scheduled to commence at noon.
to start an event or activity in a particular way; (of an event, film/movie or book) to start, especially in a particular way
The story opens with a murder.
Preparations have got under way for a week of special events in May.
get under way最常与season、preparations、discussions、day和investigation 等词连用。
Get under way is used most often with such words as season , preparations , discussions , day , and investigation .
information that has become public
- all the reports were out in the open
- the facts had been brought to the surface
a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
where the air is unconfined
- he wanted to get outdoors a little
- the concert was held in the open air
- camping in the open
近义词: outdoors,out-of-doors,open air
a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
- finally broke out of the forest into the open
- This opens up new possibilities
近义词: open up
- an opportunity opened up
近义词: open up
make the opening move
- Kasparov opened with a standard opening
cause to open or to become open
- Mary opened the car door
近义词: open up
- The door opened
近义词: open up
spread out or open from a closed or folded state
- open the map
- spread your arms
近义词: unfold,spread,spread out
display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
afford access to
- the door opens to the patio
- The French doors give onto a terrace
begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
- He opened the meeting with a long speech
start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
- open a business
近义词: open up
have an opening or passage or outlet
- The bedrooms open into the hall
ready for business
- the stores are open
not having been filled
- the job is still open
openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
- his candid eyes
- an open and trusting nature
- a heart-to-heart talk
without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition
- the clarity and resonance of an open tone
- her natural and open response
affording free passage or view
- a clear view
- a clear path to victory
- open waters
- the open countryside
affording unobstructed entrance and exit;not shut or closed
- an open door
- they left the door open
affording free passage or access
- open drains
- the road is open to traffic
- open ranks
used of mouth or eyes
- keep your eyes open
- his mouth slightly opened
having no protecting cover or enclosure
- an open boat
- an open fire
- open sports cars
(set theory) of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints
open and observable;not secret or hidden
- an overt lie
- overt hostility
- overt intelligence gathering
- open ballots
open to or in view of all
- an open protest
- an open letter to the editor
with no protection or shield
- the exposed northeast frontier
- open to the weather
- an open wound
ready or willing to receive favorably
- receptive to the proposals
accessible to all
- open season
- an open economy
not sealed or having been unsealed
- the letter was already open
- the opened package lay on the table
not brought to a conclusion;subject to further thought
- an open question
- our position on this bill is still undecided
- our lawsuit is still undetermined
(of textures) full of small openings or gaps
- an open texture
- a loose weave
possibly accepting or permitting
- 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
not defended or capable of being defended
- an open city
- open to attack