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not closed, so that things, people, air etc can go in and out or be put in and out
and ran down the stairs.
an open window
The bar door
and a noisy group burst in.
All the windows were
She looked at the open suitcase with surprise.
There was an open bottle of wine on the table.
not closed, so that your
or your lips are apart
I was so sleepy, I couldn't
He was fast asleep with his mouth
only before noun
not enclosed, or with no buildings, walls, trees etc
There was open ground at the end of the lane.
such as parks and gardens
At weekends people want to leave the town for open countryside.
A shoal of fish swam past heading for
the open sea
part of the sea away from land
The car's performance is good, especially going fast on the
a road without traffic where you can drive fast
without a roof or cover
The president was riding with his wife in an open car.
Martin was struggling with the sails on the open deck.
an open drain
open to the sky/air/elements
Many of the tombs had been robbed and left open to the sky.
the open air
in the open air
The dancing was outside, in the open air.
Jane wanted to rush to the door and get out into the open air.
not before noun
ready for business and allowing customers, visitors etc to enter
The museum is open daily in the summer months.
The offices are also open at weekends.
After the security alert, most of the firms affected were
open for business
on Monday morning.
The villagers are anxious that their local school is kept open.
I declare this exhibition open
officially say that it is now open
allowing everyone, or everyone in a group, to take part in something, know about something, or have a chance to win something
The competition is open to all readers in the UK.
In many schools, governors' meetings are not
open to the public
The discussion was then
for the audience's questions.
an open meeting
The men's race appears
anyone could win it
The painting would fetch several hundred dollars on
the open market
a market in which anyone can buy or sell
not before noun
if an opportunity, possible action, job etc is open to you, you have the chance to do it
The job is being kept open for her.
The 1960s was a period when greater opportunities were open to women.
So what other
There is only one course of action open to the local authority.
only before noun
actions, feelings, intentions etc that are open are not hidden or secret
Her father watched her with open admiration.
open hostility between the two nations
The party was calling for more
when the government makes information freely available
The case will be tried
in open court
in a court where everything is public
an open secret
it is supposed to be secret, but most people know about it
that she is having an affair with another man.
honest and not wanting to hide any facts from other people
The couple are quite open with each other about their feelings.
She was quite open about her ambitions.
his friendly, open manner
the open neck of his shirt
She was wearing an open jacket.
not yet decided
needing more discussion or thought before a decision can be made
The matter remains
an open question
The new rates of pay are open to negotiation.
The test results are open to interpretation.
keep/leave your options open
Officers investigating her death are keeping their options open.
open to something
likely to suffer from something or be affected by something
The magazine's editor is
open to criticism
in allowing the article to be printed.
The regulations are open to abuse by companies.
accusations of dishonesty.
willing to consider something new or to accept something new
Teachers need to be open to children's ideas.
The committee is open to suggestions.
The owners of the building want to sell and are open to offers.
if a road or line of communication is open, it is not blocked and can be used
We try to
the mountain roads
all through the winter.
spread apart instead of closed, curled over, etc
At night the flowers were open.
Johnson raised an open hand.
He was sitting in bed with a book lying open
with its pages apart so it can be read
on his knees.
an open mind
if you have an open mind, you deliberately do not make a decision or form a definite opinion about something
It's important to
keep an open mind
as you study the topic.
be open to question/doubt
if something is open to question, there are doubts about it
Whether the new situation is an improvement is open to question.
welcome/greet somebody/something with open arms
to be very pleased to see someone or something
Mike will be welcomed back into the team with open arms.
an open invitation
an invitation to visit someone whenever you like
something that makes it easier for criminals to steal, cheat etc
an open invitation to
The lack of security measures provides an open invitation to crime.
be an open book
to be something that you know and understand very well
The natural world was an open book to him.
the door is open
there is an opportunity for someone to do something
the door is open to
Schoolgirls are being told that the door is open to them to pursue careers in science.
keep your eyes/ears open
to keep looking or listening so that you will notice anything that is important, dangerous etc
cloth with an open weave or texture has wide spaces between the threads
➔ keep an eye open (for something)
; ➔ with your eyes open
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