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

Examples of open up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wisconsin should open up its public school systems this fall instead of continuing to use distance learning, Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said during a virtual panel hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club on Friday. Oren Oppenheim, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sen. Ron Johnson calls for public school systems to completely open this fall," 26 June 2020 Recovering from the coronavirus pandemic will rest on how quickly people open up their wallets. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "As businesses started to reopen in May, so did the wallets of U.S. consumers," 26 June 2020 If the season does get underway without a hitch, The Chronicle has learned that the A’s are expecting to open up at home, at least on the most recent version of the schedule under consideration. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "5 questions for A’s camp: Stockton as taxi site? Surprise player headed there," 26 June 2020 The officials said that the move, spelled out in a highly detailed presidential memo to be signed soon, should open up 525,000 jobs that typically go to temporary foreign workers. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Trump keeps jobs for Americans, stalls chain migration, with new immigration pause," 22 June 2020 On June 16th an industry-wide agreement to allow emergency contract extensions expired, but that is no guarantee that ports will open up. The Economist, "Ninety percent of everything As the virus rages on shore, merchant seamen are stranded on board," 18 June 2020 Until last week, the stock market had rallied from a mid-March low on expectations that consumers would open up their wallets once lockdowns ended. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Stocks down as coronavirus outbreaks flare in U.S., China," 15 June 2020 The online brokerage saw clients open up 608,000 new accounts last quarter, up 230% from the last three months of 2019, with the lockdown giving non-professional investors more time to learn market fundamentals. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Next year could usher in a wave of deals as companies adapt to a new reality," 14 June 2020 If possible, open up the house to keep the air relatively fresh, and adjust the blinds to make the most efficient use of light to make your house look warm and inviting. cleveland, "10 ways to prep your home for showings: A home seller’s checklist," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of open up

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Open up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open%20up. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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