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o·pen  (pn)
a. Affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed.
b. Affording unobstructed passage or view: open waters; the open countryside.
a. Having no protecting or concealing cover: an open wound; an open sports car.
b. Completely obvious; blatant: open disregard of the law.
c. Carried on in full view: open warfare; open family strife.
d. Sports Not closely defended by an opponent: an open receiver.
a. Not sealed or tied: an open package.
b. Spread out; unfolded: an open book.
4. Having interspersed gaps, spaces, or intervals: open ranks; an open weave.
a. Accessible to all; unrestricted as to participants: an open competition.
b. Free from limitations, boundaries, or restrictions: open registration.
c. Enterable by registered voters regardless of political affiliation: an open primary.
d. Computer Science Of or relating to a file that can be accessed.
a. Lacking effective regulation: an open town in which gambling predominated.
b. Not legally repressed: open drug trafficking.
a. Susceptible; vulnerable: open to interpretation; an issue that is open to question.
b. Willing to consider or deal with something: open to suggestions.
a. Available; obtainable: The job is still open.
b. Available for use: an open account; the only course open to us.
9. Ready to transact business: The store is open.
10. Not engaged or filled: has an open hour for emergency cases.
11. Not yet decided; subject to further thought: an open question.
a. Characterized by lack of pretense or reserve; candid: Please be open with me. See Synonyms at frank1.
b. Free of prejudice; receptive to new ideas and arguments: She listened to the proposal with an open mind.
c. Generous: He is very open with his time.
13. Printing
a. Widely spaced or leaded. Used of typeset or other printed matter.
b. Having constituent elements separated by a space in writing or printing: The word sea horse is an open compound.
14. Music
a. Not stopped by a finger. Used of a string or hole of an instrument.
b. Produced by an unstopped string or hole or without the use of slides, valves, or keys: an open note on a trumpet.
c. Played without a mute: an open wind instrument.
15. Linguistics
a. Articulated with the tongue in a low position, as the vowel in far.
b. Ending in a vowel or diphthong: an open syllable.
16. Designating a method of punctuation in which commas and other marks are used sparingly.
17. Being in operation; live: an open microphone.
18. New England Clear. Used of weather. See Regional Note at fair1.
19. Electricity Containing a gap across which electricity cannot pass: an open circuit.
20. Mathematics
a. Of or relating to an interval containing neither of its endpoints.
b. Of or being a set such that at least one neighborhood of every point in the set is within the set.
c. Of or being a set that is the complement of a closed set.
21. Sports
a. Having the forward foot farther from the intended point of impact with the ball than the rear foot: an open batting stance.
b. Held or swung with the top or outer edge of the striking face pointing slightly farther away from the objective than the lower or inner edge: The club struck the ball with an open face, causing a slice.
22. Physics Of or relating to a model of the universe in which there is not sufficient matter to halt its expansion.
v. o·pened, o·pen·ing, o·pens
1. To release from a closed or fastened position.
2. To remove obstructions from; clear.
3. To make or force an opening in: open an old wound.
a. To form spaces or gaps between: soldiers opening ranks.
b. To break the continuity of; make a gap in: open a circuit.
a. To remove the cover, cork, or lid from.
b. To remove the wrapping from; undo.
6. To unfold so that the inner parts are displayed; spread out: open a newspaper.
a. To get (something) going; initiate: open a campaign.
b. To commence the operation of: open a new business.
8. Games To begin (the action in a game of cards) by making the first bid, placing the first bet, or playing the first lead.
9. To make available for use: opened the area to commercial development; opened the computer file and retrieved some data.
10. To make more responsive or understanding.
11. To reveal the secrets of; bare.
12. Sports To modify (ones stance), as in baseball or golf, so that it is open.
13. Law To recall (an order or judgment) for a reexamination of its merits.
1. To become open: The door opened slowly.
2. To draw apart; separate: The wound opened under pressure.
3. To spread apart; unfold.
4. To come into view; become revealed: The plain opened before us.
5. To become receptive or understanding.
a. To begin; commence: The meeting opened with a call to order.
b. To begin business or operation: The store opens early on Saturday.
7. To be performed, shown, or made available to the public for the first time: The play opens next week.
8. To be priced or listed at a specified amount when trading begins: Shares opened high and fell sharply.
9. Games To make a bid, bet, or lead in starting a game of cards.
10. To give access: The room opens onto a terrace.
1. An unobstructed area of land or water.
2. The outdoors: camping in the open.
3. An undisguised or unconcealed state: brought the problem out into the open.
4. A tournament or contest in which both professional and amateur players may participate.
Phrasal Verb:
open up
1. To spread out; unfold: A green valley opened up before us.
a. To begin operation: The new store opens up next month.
b. To begin firing: The artillery opened up at dawn.
3. Informal To speak freely and candidly: At last the frightened witness opened up and told the truth.
4. To make an opening in by cutting: The surgeon opened up the patients chest.
5. To make available or accessible: open up new markets.
6. Informal To accelerate. Used of a motor vehicle.
open fire
To begin firing on.
open (ones) eyes
To become aware of the truth of a situation.

[Middle English, from Old English; see upo in Indo-European roots.]

open·ly adv.
open·ness n.

openness  /opnns/  n. the quality of telling the truth, (syn.) frankness: The committee chairwoman said she appreciated our openness in saying exactly what we thought. openness

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