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2 freely available for use or participation by all
  • the lanes at the bowling alley will be open during the afternoon, but will be available only for league play in the evening

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3 being in a situation where one is likely to meet with harm
  • the country's open to invasion if its borders remain unguarded

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5 lacking a usual or natural covering
  • open wounds in his legs

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7 not yet settled or decided
  • that issue will have to remain open until the supervisor can decide

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8 willing to consider new or different ideas
  • she is always open and ready to listen to anyone's suggestions

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open

noun

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that part of the physical world that is removed from human habitation
  • a daguerreotype of a cowboy whose face is roughened from a hard life in the open

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1 to change from a closed to an open position
  • please open the door to let the cat out

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2 to make passage through (something) possible by removing obstructions
  • we need to open this drain that's clogged with hair

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3 to arrange the parts of (something) over a wider area
  • when we got too close, the cardinal opened its wings and flew to a higher branch

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4 to rid the surface of (as an area) from things in the way
  • snowplows opened the runway without much trouble

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5 to take the first step in (a process or course of action)
  • we will open the proceedings tomorrow with a short ceremony

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Adjective

frank, candid, open, plain mean showing willingness to tell what one feels or thinks. frank stresses lack of shyness or secretiveness or of evasiveness from considerations of tact or expedience. frank discussions candid suggests expression marked by sincerity and honesty especially in offering unwelcome criticism or opinion. a candid appraisal open implies frankness but suggests more indiscretion than frank and less earnestness than candid. open in saying what they think plain suggests outspokenness and freedom from affectation or subtlety in expression. plain talk

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The first known use of open was before the 12th century

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“Open.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/open. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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