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Definition 1: information that has become public - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is a kind of ...) knowledge that is available to anyone

Definition 2: a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play - [noun denoting event]

(open is a kind of ...) a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner

Definition 3: a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water - [noun denoting location]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • finally broke out of the forest into the open

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is a kind of ...) a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

"it was a mountainous area" "Bible country"

Definition 4: where the air is unconfined - [noun denoting location]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is a kind of ...) the region that is outside of something

Definition 5: make available - [verb of change]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This opens up new possibilities

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is a kind of ...) be the cause or source of

"He gave me a lot of trouble" "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"

(open causes ...) become available

"an opportunity opened up"

Definition 6: become available - [verb of change]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an opportunity opened up

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is a kind of ...) result or issue

"A slight unpleasantness arose from this discussion"

Definition 7: make the opening move - [verb of competition]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Kasparov opened with a standard opening

(open is a kind of ...) have a turn; make one's move in a game

"Can I go now?"

(open belongs to category ...) a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king

Definition 8: cause to open or to become open - [verb of contact]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Mary opened the car door

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of open ) remove a bar from (a door)

(... is a kind of open ) make an opening or gap in

(... is a kind of open ) to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open

"The burglar jimmied the lock" "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"

(... is a kind of open ) draw the cork from (bottles)

"uncork the French wine"

(... is a kind of open ) break the seal of

"He unsealed the letter"

(... is a kind of open ) undo the bolt of

"unbolt the door"

(... is a kind of open ) open the lock of

"unlock the door"

(... is a kind of open ) open again or anew

"They reopened the theater"

(... is a kind of open ) open with a clicking sound

"These keys have clicked open many doors"

(... is a kind of open ) open with force

"He broke open the picnic basket"

(... is a kind of open ) open by piercing with a lancet

"lance a boil"

(open causes ...) become open

"The door opened"

Definition 9: become open - [verb of contact]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The door opened

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(... is a kind of open ) become undone or untied

"The shoelaces unfastened"

(... is a kind of open ) come open suddenly

"the doors flew open in the strong gust"

Definition 10: spread out or open from a closed or folded state - [verb of contact]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • open the map
  • spread your arms

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is a kind of ...) cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect

"I wish I could undo my actions"

(... is a kind of open ) spread apart

"divaricate one's fingers"

(... is a kind of open ) spread by opening the leaves of

(... is a kind of open ) spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach

(... is a kind of open ) cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking

"butterflied shrimp"

(... is a kind of open ) change from a crossed to an uncrossed position

"She uncrossed her legs"

(... is a kind of open ) spread open or apart

"He splayed his huge hands over the table"

Definition 11: display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer - [verb of perception]

(open is a kind of ...) to show, make visible or apparent

"The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month" "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?" "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"

Definition 12: afford access to - [verb of possession]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • open a business

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of open ) set up or found

"She set up a literacy program"

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He opened the meeting with a long speech

(open is a kind of ...) get off the ground

"Who started this company?" "We embarked on an exciting enterprise" "I start my day with a good breakfast" "We began the new semester" "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM" "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"

(... is a kind of open ) open ceremoniously or dedicate formally

(... is a kind of open ) open formally

"the chairman called the meeting to order by pounding his gavel"

Definition 15: have an opening or passage or outlet - [verb of stative]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bedrooms open into the hall

Definition 16: ready or willing to receive favorably - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • receptive to the proposals

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) accepting willingly

"acceptive of every new idea" "an acceptant type of mind"

(open is similar to ...) characterized by or allowing admission

"an Elizabethan tragedy admissive of comic scenes"

(open is similar to ...) capable of mentally absorbing

"assimilative processes" "assimilative capacity of the human mind"

(open is similar to ...) having an open mind

"hospitable to new ideas" "open to suggestions"

Definition 17: affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an open door
  • they left the door open

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) slightly open

"the door was ajar"

(open is similar to ...) open wide

"left the doors wide-open"

(means also ...) affording free passage or access

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

Definition 18: affording free passage or access - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • open drains
  • the road is open to traffic
  • open ranks

(open is similar to ...) made open or clear

"the newly opened road"

(open is similar to ...) (of a container) having the stopper removed

"whiskey spilled from the unstoppered bottle"

(open is similar to ...) gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something

"the yawning mine shaft" "a yawning abyss"

(means also ...) affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed

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

(means also ...) not closed or secured with or as if with a seal

"unsealed goods" "the letter arrived unsealed"

Definition 19: (set theory) of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints - [adjective denoting all]

(open belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 20: open and observable; not secret or hidden - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an overt lie
  • overt hostility
  • overt intelligence gathering
  • open ballots

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) with no effort to conceal

"a barefaced lie"

(open is similar to ...) devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and pure

"naked ambition" "raw fury" "you may kill someone someday with your raw power"

(open is similar to ...) plain to see

"undisguised curiosity"

(open is similar to ...) obvious to the eye

"a visible change of expression"

(means also ...) precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication

"explicit instructions" "she made her wishes explicit" "explicit sexual scenes"

(means also ...) not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole

"the public good" "public libraries" "public funds" "public parks" "a public scandal" "public gardens" "performers and members of royal families are public figures"

(means also ...) not concealed or hidden

"her unconcealed hostility poisoned the atmosphere" "watched with unconcealed curiosity"

Definition 21: used of mouth or eyes - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • keep your eyes open
  • his mouth slightly opened

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe

"the gaping audience" "we stood there agape with wonder" "with mouth agape"

(open is similar to ...) (used of eyes) open and fixed as if in fear or wonder

"staring eyes"

(open is similar to ...) (used of eyes) fully open or extended

"stared with wide eyes"

(open is similar to ...) with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness

"a yawning congregation"

Definition 22: ready for business - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the stores are open

(open is similar to ...) full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

"an active seaport" "an active bond market" "an active account"

Definition 23: not having been filled - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the job is still open

(open is similar to ...) obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service

"kept a fire extinguisher available" "much information is available through computers" "available in many colors" "the list of available candidates is unusually long"

Definition 24: (of textures) full of small openings or gaps - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an open texture
  • a loose weave

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

"coarse meal" "coarse sand" "a coarse weave"

Definition 25: openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious

"an ingenuous admission of responsibility"

Definition 26: not requiring union membership - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an open shop employs nonunion workers

(open is similar to ...) not belonging to or not allowing affiliation with a trade union

"nonunion carpenters" "a nonunion contractor"

Definition 27: open to or in view of all - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an open protest
  • an open letter to the editor

(open is similar to ...) not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole

"the public good" "public libraries" "public funds" "public parks" "a public scandal" "public gardens" "performers and members of royal families are public figures"

Definition 28: possibly accepting or permitting - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of

"susceptible to colds" "susceptible of proof"

Definition 29: without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the clarity and resonance of an open tone
  • her natural and open response

(open is similar to ...) not constricted physically or by extension psychologically

"healthy unconstricted arteries"

Definition 30: having no protecting cover or enclosure - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an open boat
  • an open fire
  • open sports cars

(open is similar to ...) not closed in our surrounded or included

"an unenclosed porch" "unenclosed common land"

Definition 31: affording free passage or view - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a clear view
  • a clear path to victory
  • open waters
  • the open countryside

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) free from impediment or obstruction or hindrance

"an unobstructed view"

Definition 32: with no protection or shield - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the exposed northeast frontier
  • open to the weather
  • an open wound

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) lacking protection or defense

Definition 33: accessible to all - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • open season
  • an open economy

(open is similar to ...) not subject to or subjected to restriction

Definition 34: not sealed or having been unsealed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the letter was already open
  • the opened package lay on the table

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) not closed or secured with or as if with a seal

"unsealed goods" "the letter arrived unsealed"

Definition 35: not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an open question
  • our position on this bill is still undecided
  • our lawsuit is still undetermined

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) still in doubt

"an unsettled issue" "an unsettled state of mind"

Definition 36: not defended or capable of being defended - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where open or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an open city
  • open to attack

Synonyms for open in the sense of this definition

(open is similar to ...) susceptible to attack

"a vulnerable bridge"

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