: 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
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
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While Grotts notes that asking if someone is open to hugging could get awkward, especially in professional settings, there is an argument for making things direct.
Jen Doll, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2022 Other opportunities for public gathering happen at the school gym, which is open to adults for basketball at night, or at bingo, which happens every night of the week except Sunday and Wednesday.
Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 Dear Miss Manners: My family has always been open to talking about pretty much anything and everything.
Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 These types of elite events are reserved for the VVIPs, the ones who spend seven figures on a single piece—and Abramo’s team makes sure the guest list is a mix of people who will be open to meeting others on a similar level.
Jill Newman, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2022 Commonwealth LNG, which is developing a new U.S. LNG plant in southern Louisiana, is open to 10-year contracts, but at a higher price compared with a 20-year deal, said Paul Varello, the company’s executive chairman.
Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2022 Some of the weddings were open to coverage by the news media, while others weren't at all.CBS News, 19 Nov. 2022 Admission to the event is free and open to the public.
Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 The event is free and open to the public at 4545 Brainard Rd.cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022
Generally, this means doors will open at 6 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.
Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 23 Nov. 2022 The Brewery opens at 4 p.m.; the satellite locations open at 11 a.m.
Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 22 Nov. 2022 The Wildcats open against Cal Baptist at 5 p.m. Friday and will face the host team on Saturday afternoon.The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 Union Assembly on Woodward is on the ground floor of Little Caesars world headquarters and will open at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2022 The first location will open around January at 3425 Murphy Canyon Road in Serra Mesa.
Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 The new queues for L.A., Santa Clara, Vegas and Seattle will open at 2:30 p.m. Pacific.Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 Topgolf, an entertainment complex where golfers play interactive target games while enjoying food and drinks, announced Monday the facility will open Friday at 301 Oxmoor Lane in Louisville.
Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 14 Nov. 2022 The rock band, which formed in the mid-1970s, will open its tour July 6, 2023 at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.
Rodney Ho, ajc, 14 Nov. 2022
Occasionally, that tension has burst into the open.WIRED, 16 Nov. 2022 Some of the frustration with the poor Republican showing Tuesday broke into the open after a call that Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel convened with the committee’s members Wednesday afternoon.
Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey And Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Nov. 2022 Early in the second, Flames winger Andrew Mangiapane had half of the net open on a rebound from Mikael Backlund.
Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2022 The zestful energy of the cold open carried through the rest of the episode, which delighted in exploring the absurd.
Amanda Wicks, The Atlantic, 2 Oct. 2022 The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) is pointing higher ahead of the open with components Merck and Caterpillar announcing positive earnings.
Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Buneta noted that the initial idea for Batiste’s portion of the open had to be revisited.
Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 But the stock took off like a rocket in premarket trading, rising as much as 87% ahead of the open before settling down to a 28% gain in the first minutes of the regular trading session.
Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 This is maybe the only part of the cold open that actually works.
Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 8 Nov. 2020 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