: remaining available for use or filling until canceled
an open order for more items
: available for future purchase
these items are in open stock
: available for breeding : not now pregnant
an open heifer
computers: not proprietary: available to third party developers
But while IBM pushes Notes, a proprietary technology created in the 1980s, a raft of new and much smaller rivals is plying the "open" technology of the 1990s: software on the World Wide Web, the fastest growing part of the Internet.—Bart Ziegler
liable implies a possibility or probability of incurring something because of position, nature, or particular situation.
liable to get lost
open stresses a lack of barriers preventing incurrence.
a claim open to question
exposed suggests lack of protection or powers of resistance against something actually present or threatening.
exposed to infection
subject implies an openness for any reason to something that must be suffered or undergone.
all reports are subject to review
prone stresses natural tendency or propensity to incur something.
prone to delay
susceptible implies conditions existing in one's nature or individual constitution that make incurrence probable.
very susceptible to flattery
sensitive implies a readiness to respond to or be influenced by forces or stimuli.
unduly sensitive to criticism
Examples of open in a Sentence
The door suddenly swung open.
You left the blinds wide open.
The meat was roasted over an open fire.
I was so tired that I couldn't keep my eyes open.
Don't chew with your mouth open.
staring with her eyes wide open
There's already an open jar of pickles in the refrigerator.
They kept the road open throughout the winter. Verb
This door is hard to open.
“Open the door!” shouted the police officer.
Would you mind if I opened a window?
The car door opened and a beautiful woman stepped out.
The door opened and closed so quietly that I didn't notice he had come in the room.
This drawer is stuck. It just won't open!
She comes home, turns on the TV, and starts opening her mail.
She opened her eyes and smiled at me.
I opened my umbrella and stepped out into the rain.
“Open your mouth wide for me,” said the dentist. Noun
a daguerreotype of a cowboy whose face is roughened from a hard life in the openSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
The museum brought in $23.7 million in the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2022, which covered its first nine months of being open to the public.—Gene Maddaus, Variety, 1 Dec. 2023 And the aforementioned Alonso would fill a hole at first base that has essentially been open since Anthony Rizzo was traded to the Yankees in 2021.—Jared Wyllys, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Our windows were open to the desert outside, the air all sagebrush and sunburnt dirt.—Nancy Walecki, The Atlantic, 30 Nov. 2023 The two officers were at the home after a neighbor requested a welfare check because the home’s front door was open.—Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 30 Nov. 2023 Graceland, where Elvis lived, has been open as a museum since 1982.—Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 30 Nov. 2023 The third annual Holiday Auction for the ASCAP Foundation is now open and this year’s items up for bid include a boatload of one-of-a-kind keepsakes from a variety of pop, rock, hip-hop and country stars.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 30 Nov. 2023 The Ghost Trap bar will also be open to those who fancy something with a bit of spirit.—K.j. Yossman, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Put simply, your partner shouldn't be caught completely off guard by your proposal timing, but the execution is open to personal touches and surprises.—Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023
Lewis Evans from Black Country, New Road, the London band Beckerman opened for on her monthlong tour last September, plays saxophone on her album.—Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 The $482 million museum opened in September 2021 to great fanfare, fulfilling a decades-long ambition to create a movie museum in Los Angeles.—Gene Maddaus, Variety, 1 Dec. 2023 Mingle with Hollywood Art Basel and Tribeca Festival will open talks to the public at Miami Beach Convention Center on December 8th through 10th, featuring new father Robert De Niro and John Stamos.—Alexandra Bregman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 For the first time, the 2023 edition will open — as was originally planned to happen in 2020 — with a Saudi film.—Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Nov. 2023 In 1982, Graceland was opened to the public as a museum, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to honor the life of Presley.—Lars Brandle, Billboard, 30 Nov. 2023 In fear the same thing could happen again, the couple opened accounts at four different banks and rebuilt their credit.—Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 These investigations have been opened under Title VI, a law that bans discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in any institution or program that receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education.—Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 30 Nov. 2023 In the production’s loveliest, lightest touch, Ali, while taking the elevator to her apartment, on the forty-second floor, listens to the sounds of her building every time the doors open—merengue on twenty-seven, jazz trumpet on thirty-two.—Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023
Many were elderly and forced to share their medical histories out in the open.—Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2023 Moore said in all three instances the victims were alone and out in the open.—Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Tensions between Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens — one of the site’s most prominent voices — have burst into the open over the past week.—Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 22 Nov. 2023 Shares rose nearly 12% to $14.06 shortly after the open.—Dean Seal, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2023 Home Depot will report on Tuesday before the open and then Target TGT -0.6% reports before the open on Wednesday.—Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Alix Earle and Braxton Berrios are putting their romance out in the open.—Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Share [Findings] Humboldt penguins who nest in the open have more pollutant metabolites in their blood than do penguins who nest in guano-rich burrows.—Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 But the cold open of Season 49 leaned into a strength the show has always had — knowing when to drop the jokes and appeal to a difficult, emotional moment.—Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2023 See More
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Adjective, Verb, and Noun
Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German offan open, Old English ūp up
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
: exposed to general view or knowledge : free from concealment
an open, notorious, continuous, and adverse use of the property
an open and obvious danger
When a defect, hazard, or condition is open such that a reasonable person under the circumstances should have recognized the danger posed by it, a defendant is usually relieved of liability for failure to warn.
: not restricted to a particular group or category of participants
specifically: enterable by a registered voter regardless of political affiliation
an open primary
: being in effect or operation
an open mine
a bench warrant still open
: available for use
an open toll road
: not finally determined, decided, or settled : subject to further consideration
an open question
: remaining effective or available for use until canceled