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Open appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • No, it is open on one position.
  • Smart guns now open an inane 'Pow!’ on snug trams.
  • Women on ACTU bodies open one pose I do, but can one mow?
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Usage statistics for the verb open:

spoken English37.97%written English62.03% conversational speech62.22%task-oriented speech37.78% imaginative writing70.2%informational writing29.8%
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Open is sometimes a misspelling of opened.

The word open is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective open

What does open mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more open / opener | most open / openest

  1. affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed
  2. affording free passage or access
  3. with no protection or shield
  4. open to or in view of all
    • examples: an open protest | an open letter to the editor
    • similar: public
  5. used of mouth or eyes
  6. not having been filled
    • example: the job is still open
    • similar: available
  7. accessible to all
    • examples: open season | an open economy
    • similar: unrestricted
  8. not defended or capable of being defended
  9. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
  10. having no protecting cover or enclosure
    • examples: an open boat | an open fire | open sports cars
    • similar: unenclosed
  11. (set theory) of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints
  12. not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought
  13. not sealed or having been unsealed
    • examples: the letter was already open | the opened package lay on the table
    • synonym of open: opened
    • similar: unsealed
  14. without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition
    • examples: the clarity and resonance of an open tone | her natural and open response
    • similar: unconstricted
  15. ready or willing to receive favorably
  16. open and observable; not secret or hidden
  17. not requiring union membership
    • example: an open shop employs nonunion workers
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: nonunion
  18. possibly accepting or permitting
  19. affording free passage or view
    • examples: open waters | the open countryside
    • synonym of open: clear
    • similar: unobstructed
  20. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
  21. ready for business
    • example: the stores are open
    • similar: active

Alternative definition of the adjective open


  1. [not comparable] Which is not closed; accessible; unimpeded; as, an open gate.
  2. [not comparable] Actively conducting or prepared to conduct business.
  3. [comparable] Receptive.
  4. [not comparable] Public; as, an open letter, an open declaration.
  5. [not comparable] Candid, ingenuous, not subtle in character
  6. [mathematics, logic, of a formula] Having a free variable.
  7. [mathematics, topology, of a set] Is part of a predefined collection of subsets of X, that defines a topological space on X.
  8. [computing, not comparable, of a file, document, etc.] In current use; mapped to part of memory.

Definition of the noun open

What does open mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • open: opens
  • Open: Opens

  1. a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
    • example: finally broke out of the forest into the open
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of open: clear
    • more generic words: area / country = a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary
  2. where the air is unconfined
  3. a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: tournament / tourney = a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
  4. information that has become public

Alternative definition of the noun open


  1. A sports event in which anybody can contest; as, the Australian Open.
  2. [electronics] a wire that is broken midway.
  3. (with the) Open or unobstructed space; an exposed location.
  4. (with the) Public knowledge or scrutiny; full view.

Specialised definition of the noun open

Glossary of sports / wrestling

a referee's command for a wrestler to alter his position and use more open tactics (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a command from the referee telling a wrestler to change his position and adopt more open tactics. If the wrestler doesn't respond, the referee will issue a caution for passive obstruction

Definition of the verb open

What does open mean as a doing word?

Open is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: opened | opening | opens

  1. cause to open or to become open
  2. start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
  3. become open
  4. begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
  5. spread out or open from a closed or folded state
    • example: open the map
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of open: spread / spread out / unfold
    • more generic word: undo = cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect
    • more specific words:
      • divaricate = spread apart
      • exfoliate = spread by opening the leaves of
      • grass = spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach
      • butterfly = cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking
      • uncross = change from a crossed to an uncrossed position
      • splay = spread open or apart
  6. make available
    • example: This opens up new possibilities
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of open: open up
    • more generic words: afford / give / yield = be the cause or source of
    • cause: open up
  7. become available
  8. have an opening or passage or outlet
    • example: The bedrooms open into the hall
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  9. make the opening move
    • example: Kasparov opened with a standard opening
    • domain: chess / chess game
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: go / move = have a turn
  10. afford access to
    • example: the door opens to the patio
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of open: afford / give
  11. display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer

Alternative definition of the verb open


  1. [transitive] To make something accessible or removing an obstacle to something being accessible.
  2. [transitive] To bring up (a topic).
  3. [transitive] To make accessible to customers or clients.
  4. [transitive] To start (a campaign).
  5. [intransitive] To become open.
  6. [intransitive] To begin conducting business.
  7. [intransitive, cricket] To begin a side's innings as one of the first two batsmen.
  8. [intransitive, poker] To bet before any other player has in a particular betting round in a game of poker.
  9. [context: transitive or intransitive, poker] To reveal one's hand.
  10. [computing, transitive, intransitive, of a file, document, etc.] To load into memory for viewing or editing.


Open is an indie Australian Pop/rock band consisting of singer Gabrielle Rogers, guitarist Daniel Pugliese and drummer Pete Neville as well as Paul Bianco on live bass and Jak Housden on production.


Open is a record label.


  1. "Open" is the fourth studio album released by the hard rock band Gotthard.
    • genre: Hard rock
    • released in (16 years ago)
  2. "Open" is the seventeenth album by Australian improvised music trio The Necks, first released on the Fish of Milk label in 2013 in Australia and on the ReR label internationally.
    • released on
  3. "Open" is an album by the Canada band Cowboy Junkies, released in 2001.
  4. "Open" is a long-form piece of music released in digital form by Yes former lead singer Jon Anderson, released in 2011.
  5. "Open" is Shaznay Lewis' debut album as a solo artist and it was released on July 19, 2004. Shaznay is part of and the major songwriter of All Saints.
  6. "Open" is Blues Image's second album and most acclaimed album, which featured the No. 4 hit single, "Ride Captain Ride".
  7. "open" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Open" is the second studio album from the Christian band yFriday. Released in 2001 the CD also contains Head Over Heels which was released as the band's only single.
  9. "Open" is a musical album of Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, Johannes Heil & Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity.
    • released in (48 years ago)
  10. "Open" is a musical album of Steve Hillage.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  11. "Open" is a musical EP of Rhye.
    • released on
  12. "Open" is a composition.
  13. "Open" is a musical album of Spooky.
    • also known as Open (disc 2)
    • released on (7 years ago)
  14. "Open" is a musical album of I.O.S..
    • released in (8 years ago)
  15. "Open" is a composition.
  16. "Open" is a musical album of OIIO.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  17. "Open" a.k.a. "OPEN!!!" is a musical album of BARBARS.
    • released on
  18. "Open" is a musical album of Matt Davis, Mark Wastell, Phil Durrant.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  19. "Open" is a musical single of Egbert.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  20. "Open" is a musical album of Blu.
    • released on
  21. "Open" is a musical album of The Scene.
    • released on (22 years ago)
  22. "Open" is a musical album of The Bad Trips.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  23. "Open" is a musical album of Lina Nyberg.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  24. "Open" is a musical EP of Channels.
    • released on (10 years ago)


"Open" is a written work.


  1. "Open": A queer road-movie-cum-transsexual romance. In his feature film debut, director Jake Yuzna spectacularly combines all kinds of gender crossing permutations.
  2. "Open" is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Ivalo Frank.
  3. "Open" is a 2005 short film directed by Katherin McInnis.
  4. "Open" is a film, directed by Craig Richards and written by Craig Richards & Matthew Pinard, based on a story by Elsin Ann Perry.


  1. OPEN is an Indian weekly English language magazine featuring current affairs. It was launched on 2 April 2009 in 12 Indian cities.
  2. Open: An Open in sports terminology refers to a sporting event or game tournament that is open to contestants regardless of their professional or amateur status, age, ability, gender, or other categorization. In many sports, preliminary qualifying events, open to all entrants, are held to successively reduce the field to a manageable number for participation in a final championship event, which itself may involve elimination rounds.
    • also known as 公開賽
  3. open: For most file systems, a program initializes access to a file in a filesystem using the open system call. This allocates resources associated to the file, and returns a handle that the process will use to refer to that file. In some cases the open is performed by the first access.
  4. open is a Nextstep & Mac OS X command line process that opens file, folder or URL in the GUI as though the user had double clicked on them. Files will be opened in the default application for their type, folders will be opened in the Finder or file system GUI, and URLs will be opened in the default browser.
  5. Open a.k.a. Open.... was the trading name of Open Interactive Limited, which was a subsidiary of British Interactive Broadcasting. British Interactive Broadcasting was in turn owned by a consortium consisting of companies involving British Telecom, Matsushita and BSkyB. Launching a few months late in August 1999, it only survived until it was closed by BSkyB in October 2001, losing GB£116 million. The service was awarded a Design Council Millennium Product Award.
  6. OPEN Magazine was a quarterly city and lifestyle magazine focusing upon fashion, style, entertainment, dining and culture for the Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota metropolitan areas. Feature articles generally cover local people, businesses, restaurants, entertainment, sports, home and travel.
  7. Open is a monthly Mexican lifestyle magazine published by Editorial Metrosexual. Founded in 2005, the magazine covers different topics in each issue, such as art, cars, travel, restaurants, sex, gadgets and every other subject related to trendy men.
  8. Open is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Open

Phrases starting with the word Open:

  1. open up
  2. open air
  3. Open Bar
  4. Open Box
  5. Open mic
  6. Open Sea
  7. Open set
  8. open-air
  9. Open-Mid
  10. Open Ball
  11. Open Beta

Phrases ending with the word Open:

  1. Dm-Open
  2. fly open
  3. lay open
  4. Cold open
  5. drop open
  6. fall open
  7. half-open
  8. hold open
  9. keep open

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Open

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Google previewEvoked by the Scriptures (1990)

Keeping a Scripture Journal by Christian Koontz

Being open means first of all experiencing whatever is going on around us and within us, as much as possible while it is happening. It does not mean that we are not discriminating about what we allow into the house of our soul. In fact, through ...

Google previewThe Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (2010)

by Daniel J. Siegel

Being open means cultivating the receptive states within ourselves that rest beneath the surface layers of judgment and expectation. To reach and maintain a state of openness requires that we monitor our internal reactivity—sensing when, ...

Google previewSecrets of An Accidental Yogi (2011)

Yoga Wisdom for Better Health, Less Stress & Great Sex by Kelly Moore

Being open means you are willing to adapt to the circumstances in which you find yourself. Your friends, colleagues, neighbors, family, students and kids will appreciate your effort. It's a winwin for everyone, yourself included. Put another way ...

Google previewBelonging Here (2012)

A Guide for the Spiritually Sensitive Person by Judith Blackstone

“But being open means letting go of our grip on ourselves. And part of letting go of ourselves is accepting life, just as it is. That means accepting that there will probably always be loss and anger and fear in the world, and in ourselves.

Google previewI Wish Someone Had Told Me (2005)

A Realistic Guide to Early Motherhood by Nina Barrett

Being open means starting conversations with new mothers you see on walks or while running errands, and trying to get phone numbers of women who seem nice or live close to you or have a baby your own baby's age. Use your judgment ...

Google previewHawkins' electrical dictionary (1910)

a cyclopedia of words, terms, phrases and data used in the electric arts, trades and sciences by Nehemiah Hawkins

Open Work. worked and its soft and pleasing color. Also known as oolitic freestones and Indiana marble. Ooze. — To discharge slowly; to flow through something or leak out imperceptibly. Opaline. — Trade name for a translucent glass ...

Google previewKoasati Dictionary (1994)

by Geoffrey D. Kimball


Google previewInternational Dictionary of Public Management and Governance (2006)

by Gambhir Bhatta

Open game 389 suits from training that is part of regular work (such as from job rotation). The key point is that such training must be part of a work mode whether done in-house or outside. Opaque measure: A policy measure which citizens ...

Google previewGlobal Dictionary of Theology (2009)

A Resource for the Worldwide Church by William A. Dyrness, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

Open theism is a branch of free will theism and a theological construct that (1) takes a libertarian stance toward freedom, (2) denies middle knowledge, and (3) believes that God manages the world without exercising the degree of control over ...

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Usage statistics about open

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb open:

spoken English37.97%written English62.03% conversational speech62.22%task-oriented speech37.78% imaginative writing70.2%informational writing29.8%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun open:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb open:


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Quotes about Open

......Once you close, you have open and once you you have close have open your self to life
..............never close nor open
......JUST SLEEP MY DEAR....... (Antonio Liao)
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Scrabble value of O1P3E1N1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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