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Etymology

Old English open, from Proto-Germanic *upana (compare Old High German offan (open)), from Proto-Indo-European *upo "up from under, over"

Adjective

open (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
open

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (not comparable) Which is not closed; accessible; as, an open gate.
    Turn left after the second open door.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, Chapter 2
      The open road, the dusty highway...
  2. (not comparable) Actively conducting or prepared to conduct business.
    Banks are not open on bank holidays.
  3. (comparable) Receptive.
    I am open to new ideas.
  4. (not comparable) Public; as, an open letter, an open declaration.
    He published an open letter to the govenor on a full page of the New York Times.
  5. (not comparable) Candid, ingenuous, not subtle in character:
    The man is an open book.
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Verb

Infinitive
to open

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to open (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To make something accessible or removing an obstacle to something being accessible
    Turn the doorknob to open the door.
  2. (transitive) To bring up (a topic).
    I don't want to open that subject.
  3. (transitive) To make accessible to customers or clients.
    I will open the shop an hour early tomorrow.
  4. (transitive) To start (a campaign).
    Vermont will open elk hunting season next week.
  5. (intransitive) To become open.
    The door opened all by itself.
  6. (intransitive) To begin conducting business.
    The shop opens at 9:00.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To begin a side's innings as one of the first two batsmen.
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To bet before any other player has in a particular betting round in a game of poker
    After the first two players fold, Julie opens for $5.
  9. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To reveal one's hand.
    Jeff opens his hand revealing a straight flush.
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Noun

Singular
open

Plural
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open ({{{1}}})
  1. A sports event in which anybody can contest; as, the Australian Open.
  2. (electronics) a wire that is broken midway.
    The electrician found the open in the circuit after a few minutes of testing.

sports event

broken wire

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

open

  1. open

Derived terms

Verb form

open

  1. first person singular present tense of openen
  2. imperative form of openen

Finnish

Noun

open

  1. Genitive singular form of ope.

Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic *upanaz

Adjective

open

  1. open

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