Focus on the pronunciation of open
English definition of “open”
› [I or T] COMMERCE to start doing business and dealing with customers : We open daily from 11 to 6.
› [I or T] COMMERCE to start a new business: The Chicago-based coffee chain has opened branches in every major city in the UK.
› [I] STOCK MARKET if shares, bonds, etc. open at a particular price or rate, that is the amount they are worth when trading starts that day: Share prices on the London Stock Exchange opened lower today.
› [T] to start something: open a conference/meeting/proceedings The Chief Executive opened the meeting with an announcement of big redundancies throughout the group.open discussions/negotiations/talks The union had not yet decided when to open negotiations with management.
› [T] IT if you open a computer file, document, or program you make it ready for you to start reading or working on: You can open the program from the menu or by double-clicking the icon. → Compare close (sth) down
open an account › BANKING to enter into an agreement with a bank or other financial organization so that they look after your money: Open an internet savings account before the end of March and get a free mobile phone.
open your borders/markets › COMMERCE to allow foreign countries to sell their goods and products in your country with fair conditions: The US threatened to put a 100% tax on Japan's luxury cars unless it agreed to open its markets to US cars and parts.
open doors for sb (also open the door for sb) › to make it possible for someone to do something: The former Republican candidate was key in opening the door for more women to run for office in the US.
open the floodgates (to sb/sth) › to make a lot of people do something by removing a rule that stopped it being possible before, especially when you do not want this to happen: Banks feared the legal action could open the floodgates for customers to sue over high fees.