open up

verb
opened up; opening up; opens up

Definition of open up

transitive verb

1 : to make available or possible The discovery opens up the possibility of new cures.
2 : to make plain or visible : disclose
3 : to open by cutting into

intransitive verb

1 : to become available or possible The hostess will let us know when a table opens up.
2 : to spread out or come into view The road opens up ahead.
3 : to commence firing
4 : to become communicative tried to get the patient to open up

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All the gyms were closed, so Price opened up the workout facility at the VA hospital for his pupil. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame's Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has all the attributes to be wrecking ball at rover," 7 June 2019 The proposal would essentially codify it by opening up about 80 acres of open water near the islands to recreational sport fishing. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Trump administration proposes hunting, fishing expansion in Bay Area wildlife refuges," 6 June 2019 In recent months, Blue Bridge gave Maretalia, a longtime Italian favorite, an overdue design refresh, opening up its dining room, added a glam center bar and lending the restaurant an elegant, open, contemporary feel. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why Coronado is San Diego County’s next A-list dining destination," 6 June 2019 The next big milestone is to keep a Stratollite up for a full 30 days, which would bring World View even closer to opening up the system to commercial customers. Loren Grush, The Verge, "World View keeps one of its high-altitude balloons afloat for a full 16 days," 5 June 2019 From there, pocked doors open up to a mahogany-paneled library with a gas-log fireplace. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "River Oaks home once listed at $16.95 million hits the market at $9.9 million," 5 June 2019 Russia eventually expects that global warming will open up a competitive sea route to Asia through the Arctic, with China being a prime market. New York Times, "Xi Jinping’s Visit to Russia Accents Ties in Face of Tensions with U.S.," 5 June 2019 During a 90-minute press gathering at SEC meetings and a subsequent 40-minute sit-down with Sports Illustrated, Shaw opened up on the inner-workings of SEC officiating. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "The SEC Grapples With Officiating in the Age of Outrage," 5 June 2019 Lindsay is also an advocate for victims of domestic violence, and in recent years has opened up about her own experience of growing up in a household marked by domestic abuse. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Lindsay Wagner? Meet The Star of Hallmark's 'Mingle All The Way'," 1 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of open up

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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