What does open mean?

Definitions for open
ˈoʊ pənopen

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word open.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. open, clearnoun

    a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water

    "finally broke out of the forest into the open"

  2. outdoors, out-of-doors, open air, opennoun

    where the air is unconfined

    "he wanted to get outdoors a little"; "the concert was held in the open air"; "camping in the open"

  3. opennoun

    a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play

  4. open, surfaceadjective

    information that has become public

    "all the reports were out in the open"; "the facts had been brought to the surface"

  5. open, unfastenedadjective

    affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed

    "an open door"; "they left the door open"

  6. openadjective

    affording free passage or access

    "open drains"; "the road is open to traffic"; "open ranks"

  7. exposed, openadjective

    with no protection or shield

    "the exposed northeast frontier"; "open to the weather"; "an open wound"

  8. openadjective

    open to or in view of all

    "an open protest"; "an open letter to the editor"

  9. open, openedadjective

    used of mouth or eyes

    "keep your eyes open"; "his mouth slightly opened"

  10. openadjective

    not having been filled

    "the job is still open"

  11. openadjective

    accessible to all

    "open season"; "an open economy"

  12. assailable, undefendable, undefended, openadjective

    not defended or capable of being defended

    "an open city"; "open to attack"

  13. loose, openadjective

    (of textures) full of small openings or gaps

    "an open texture"; "a loose weave"

  14. openadjective

    having no protecting cover or enclosure

    "an open boat"; "an open fire"; "open sports cars"

  15. openadjective

    (set theory) of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints

  16. open, undecided, undetermined, unresolvedadjective

    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"

  17. open, openedadjective

    not sealed or having been unsealed

    "the letter was already open"; "the opened package lay on the table"

  18. openadjective

    without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition

    "the clarity and resonance of an open tone"; "her natural and open response"

  19. receptive, openadjective

    ready or willing to receive favorably

    "receptive to the proposals"

  20. overt, openadjective

    open and observable; not secret or hidden

    "an overt lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering"; "open ballots"

  21. open(a)adjective

    not requiring union membership

    "an open shop employs nonunion workers"

  22. capable, open, subjectadjective

    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"

  23. clear, openadjective

    affording free passage or view

    "a clear view"; "a clear path to victory"; "open waters"; "the open countryside"

  24. candid, open, heart-to-heartadjective

    openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness

    "his candid eyes"; "an open and trusting nature"; "a heart-to-heart talk"

  25. openverb

    ready for business

    "the stores are open"

  26. open, open upverb

    cause to open or to become open

    "Mary opened the car door"

  27. open, open upverb

    start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning

    "open a business"

  28. open, open upverb

    become open

    "The door opened"

  29. openverb

    begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.

    "He opened the meeting with a long speech"

  30. unfold, spread, spread out, openverb

    spread out or open from a closed or folded state

    "open the map"; "spread your arms"

  31. open, open upverb

    make available

    "This opens up new possibilities"

  32. open, open upverb

    become available

    "an opportunity opened up"

  33. openverb

    have an opening or passage or outlet

    "The bedrooms open into the hall"

  34. openverb

    make the opening move

    "Kasparov opened with a standard opening"

  35. afford, open, giveverb

    afford access to

    "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"

  36. openverb

    display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer

GCIDE

  1. Openadjective

    Not concealed or secret; not hidden or disguised; exposed to view or to knowledge; revealed; apparent; as, open schemes or plans; open shame or guilt; open source code.

    Etymology: [AS. open; akin to D. open, OS. opan, G. offan, Icel. opinn, Sw. ppen, Dan. aaben, and perh. to E. up. Cf. Up, and Ope.]

Wiktionary

  1. opennoun

    A sports event in which anybody can contest; as, the Australian Open.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  2. opennoun

    a wire that is broken midway.

    The electrician found the open in the circuit after a few minutes of testing.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  3. opennoun

    (with the) Open or unobstructed space; an exposed location.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  4. opennoun

    (with the) Public knowledge or scrutiny; full view.

    We have got to bring this company's corrupt business practices into the open.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  5. openverb

    To make something accessible or removing an obstacle to something being accessible.

    Turn the doorknob to open the door.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  6. openverb

    To bring up (a topic).

    I don't want to open that subject.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  7. openverb

    To make accessible to customers or clients.

    I will open the shop an hour early tomorrow.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  8. openverb

    To start (a campaign).

    Vermont will open elk hunting season next week.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  9. openverb

    To become open.

    The door opened all by itself.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  10. openverb

    To begin conducting business.

    The shop opens at 9:00.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  11. openverb

    To begin a side's innings as one of the first two batsmen.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  12. openverb

    To reveal one's hand.

    Jeff opens his hand revealing a straight flush.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  13. openverb

    To load into memory for viewing or editing.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  14. openadjective

    Which is not closed; accessible; unimpeded; as, an open gate.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  15. openadjective

    Actively conducting or prepared to conduct business.

    Banks are not open on bank holidays.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  16. openadjective

    Receptive.

    I am open to new ideas.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  17. openadjective

    Public; as, an open letter, an open declaration.

    He published an open letter to the governor on a full page of the New York Times.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  18. openadjective

    Candid, ingenuous, not subtle in character:

    The man is an open book.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  19. openadjective

    Having a free variable.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  20. openadjective

    Is part of a predefined collection of subsets of , that defines a topological space on .

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  21. openadjective

    In current use; mapped to part of memory.

    I couldn't save my changes because another user had the same file open.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  22. openadjective

    Not fulfilled.

    I've got open orders for as many containers of red durum as you can get me.

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

  23. openadjective

    without any fingers pressing the string against the fingerboard

    Etymology: upanaz. Originally a past participle of ūpanan. Akin to up.

Freebase

  1. Open

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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Open

    ō′pn, adj. not shut: allowing one to pass out or in: free from trees: not fenced: not drawn together: spread out: not frozen up: not frosty: free to be used, &c.: public: without reserve: frank: easily understood: generous: liberal: clear: unbalanced, as an account: attentive: free to be discussed.—v.t. to make open: to remove hinderances: to bring to view: to explain: to begin.—v.i. to become open: to unclose: to be unclosed: to begin to appear: to begin.—n. a clear space.—n. O′pener.—adjs. O′pen-eyed (Shak.), watchful; O′pen-hand′ed, with an open hand: generous: liberal.—n. O′pen-hand′edness.—adj. O′pen-heart′ed, with an open heart: frank: generous.—ns. O′pen-heart′edness, liberality: generosity: frankness: candour; O′pening, an open place: a breach: an aperture: beginning: first appearance: opportunity.—adv. O′penly.—adj. O′pen-mind′ed, free from prejudice: ready to receive and consider new ideas.—n. O′pen-mind′edness.—adj. O′pen-mouthed, gaping: greedy: clamorous.—ns. O′penness; O′pen-ses′ame, a form of words which makes barriers fly open—from the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in the Arabian Nights' Entertainments; O′pen-steek (Scot.), a kind of open-work stitching; O′pen-work, any work showing openings through it for ornament.—adj. open-cast, of mining work in open air.—Open verdict (see Verdict). [A.S. openup, up; cf. Dut. openop, Ice. opinnupp, and Ger. offenauf.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. open

    Abbreviation for ‘open (or left) parenthesis’ — used when necessary to eliminate oral ambiguity. To read aloud the LISP form (DEFUN FOO (X) (PLUS X 1)) one might say: “Open defun foo, open eks close, open, plus eks one, close close.”

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. open

    The situation of a place which is exposed to the wind and sea. Also, applied in meteorology, to mild weather. Also, open to attack, not protected. Also, said of any distant visible object.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. open

    In military movements and dispositions, this term is frequently used in contradistinction to close; as, open column, open distance, open order, etc. It also constitutes part of a word of command; as, rear rank take open order. By open distance in column is meant that the intervals are always equal in depth to the extent in front of the different component parts of the column.

Editors Contribution

  1. open

    For a social enterprise or organization being accessible to customers or clients.

    The business is open at reasonable hours.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  
  2. open

    Providing a service.

    The office was open at specific times.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  
  3. open

    The authority to access or give access to.

    They were allowed to access the building as they were trusted.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  
  4. open

    Truthful, honest and choose to learn and change.

    We have open hearts and minds and know we learn easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'open' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #420

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'open' in Written Corpus Frequency: #557

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'open' in Verbs Frequency: #95

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'open' in Adjectives Frequency: #46

Anagrams for open »

  1. nope, Nope

  2. pone

  3. peon

  4. Nope

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of open in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of open in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of open in a Sentence

  1. Ashok Kumar Gupta:

    If you are absolutely clean, come out, put it (details) on your website. So that everybody knows and there is nothing opaque, otherwise there will be complaints, we will inquire - why do you want to subject yourself to this type of investigation if you are open about it.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Carry your bag by yourself; carry your umbrella by yourself; open your door by yourself; light your own candle! Do your job by yourself! Don’t use others! Don’t behave like a king, don’t behave like a queen! Be humble!

  3. Elizabeth Lusskin:

    These are real issues that exist in cities everywhere — Long Island City Partnership's nothing new, we're going to continue to need more schools, more open space, an upgraded street [ design ] and intra-Long Island City transportation. It's a big neighborhood.

  4. Amy Searight:

    And I think it really does call into question ... how serious this administration is in its Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy.

  5. Scott Wiener:

    The internet service providers have every right to sue California, just like California has every right — indeed an obligation — to protect our residents' access to an open internet.

Images & Illustrations of open

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Translations for open

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  • oopmaakAfrikaans
  • مَفْتُوحْ, فَتَحَ, يَفْتَحُ, فتحArabic
  • рагьун бугоAvaric
  • açmaqAzerbaijani
  • асыҡBashkir
  • адкры́ты, адчыняць, адкрыць, адкрываць, адчыніцьBelarusian
  • отворен, явен, свободен, обществен, податлив, общодостъпен, склонен, открит, непредубеден, разтворен, неограничен, публичен, отворя, отварямBulgarian
  • খোলাBengali
  • obert, open, lliure, obrir, descloureCatalan, Valencian
  • otevřen, otevřený, veřejný, otevřít, otevírat, OTEVŘENOCzech
  • agored, agorWelsh
  • åben, åbnes, åbne, lukke op, indlede, begyndeDanish
  • offen, aufrichtig, auf, geöffnet, unbedarft, öffentlich, treuherzig, öffnen, aufmachen, eröffnenGerman
  • ʋuEwe
  • ανοιχτός, ανοίγω, ανοιχτόGreek
  • malferma, publika, malfermita, aperta, malfermi, malfermiĝi, komenciEsperanto
  • abierto, open, abrirSpanish
  • lahtine, avalik, avatud, katkestus, aval, avanema, avama, alustamaEstonian
  • ireki, zabal, open, hasiera eman, zabaldu, hasiBasque
  • باز, اوپن, گشودن, باز کردن, باز کنPersian
  • avoin, avoinna, auki, aukea, avonainen, julkisuus, katkos, avata, avautua, aloittaa, aueta, näyttääFinnish
  • opinFaroese
  • ouvert, plein air, grand jour, omnium sportif, ouvrirFrench
  • iepenWestern Frisian
  • oscailte, ar oscailt, oscailteach, oscailIrish
  • fosgailte, fosgailScottish Gaelic
  • foshilManx
  • פתוח, פתוחה, פתחHebrew
  • खुला, खुलना, खोलनाHindi
  • louvriHaitian Creole
  • nyitott, nyílt, kinyit, tárul, nyit, nyílik, nyisd kiHungarian
  • բաց, բացվել, բացել, բանալ, բարձրացնելArmenian
  • aperirInterlingua
  • BukaIndonesian
  • apertarIdo
  • opinn, opnaIcelandic
  • dischiuso, aperto, aprire, toccareItalian
  • לִפְתוֹחַHebrew
  • 開ける, 営業中, 開く, 開いたJapanese
  • ღია, გაღებაGeorgian
  • ашуKazakh
  • ដែលបើក, ដែលចំហរ, បើកKhmer
  • 열다Korean
  • کراوه‌ته‌وه‌, کردنه‌وه‌, vekirinKurdish
  • ачууKyrgyz
  • apertum, aperio, apertusLatin
  • oppenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ເປີດLao
  • atidaryta, atidarytiLithuanian
  • atvērts, atklātais čempionāts, attaisīts, atklāta telpa, atdarīts, atvērtLatvian
  • tuhera, angoMāori
  • отвориMacedonian
  • തുറന്നMalayalam
  • bukaMalay
  • miftuħ, miftuħa, fetaħMaltese
  • ဖွင့်Burmese
  • open, openmaken, openen, opengaan, aansnijden, opendoenDutch
  • openNorwegian Nynorsk
  • åpen, ta opp, åpne, innlede, åpnes, lukke oppNorwegian
  • dobèrt, dobrirOccitan
  • otwarty, otwierać, rozpocząć, podejmować, otworzyć, otwierać sięPolish
  • aberto, abrir, iniciar, começarPortuguese
  • avert, aviert, searver, drivir, darveir, as avrir, earver, sarver, avrir, as drivir, arver, saduvrir, s'avrir, as rivir, rivir, duvrir, sa darveirRomansh
  • deschis, deschideRomanian
  • открытый, открыть, отворять, открыться, открываться, поднять, открывать, отворить, развернуть, отворяться, отвориться, разворачивать, подниматьRussian
  • apèrrere, abbèrrere, abèrririSardinian
  • otvòriti, отво̀ритиSerbo-Croatian
  • අරිනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
  • otvorený, otvoriť, otváraťSlovak
  • odprt, javen, odpretiSlovene
  • hap, çelAlbanian
  • öppen, öppna, öppnas, inleda, ta upp, öppna sigSwedish
  • funguaSwahili
  • திறந்தTamil
  • తెరిచిన, తెరుచుTelugu
  • кушодан, боз кардан, во карданTajik
  • เปิดThai
  • açmakTurkmen
  • açık, açmakTurkish
  • відкри́тий, відкривати, відкрити, ВІДЧИНЕНОUkrainian
  • کھلا, کھولنا, کھلنا, کھولیںUrdu
  • ochmoqUzbek
  • đóng, mởVietnamese
  • douviet, drouviet, å lådje, drovou, droviWalloon
  • עפענעןYiddish
  • 开放Chinese

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