Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “open sth up”

See all translations

open sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with open   /ˈəʊ.pən/ us    /ˈoʊ-/

(SITUATION)

to improve a situation by making it less limited: The government has announced plans to open up access to higher education.

(SHOW)

to show something that was hidden or not previously known: The debate could open up sharp differences between the countries.
Translations of “open sth up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 情況, 減少對…的限制…
in Chinese (Simplified) 情况, 减少对…的限制…
(Definition of open sth up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of open sth up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More