open Definition

  • 1allowing access, passage, or view through an empty space; not closed or blocked up
  • 2ready to receive new ideas or suggestions
  • 3not sealed or fastened; not locked or barred

Using open: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "open" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The door is open, come in.

  • Example

    I have an open mind about the proposal.

  • Example

    The window was left open and a bird flew in.

open Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with open

  • capable of being understood in more than one way


    The ending of the movie is open to interpretation.

  • willing to consider new ideas or opinions


    She's always open to suggestion when it comes to improving her work.

  • a legal case that is simple and straightforward


    It's an open and shut case. The defendant was caught on camera committing the crime.

Origins of open

from Old English 'openian', meaning 'to open'


Summary: open in Brief

The term 'open' [ˈəʊpən] refers to something that is not closed or blocked, such as a door or window. It can also describe a person who is receptive to new ideas or suggestions. Phrases like 'open to interpretation' and 'open to suggestion' denote a willingness to consider different perspectives. 'Open' can be used formally in contexts like 'accessible' or 'unobstructed,' or informally in phrases like 'wide open.'

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