open adjective Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “open” - Learner’s Dictionary

open

adjective     /ˈəʊpən/
NOT CLOSED
A2 not closed or fastened: an open door/window Someone had left the gate wide open. Is there a bottle of wine already open? I threw all the doors open (= opened them quickly). A magazine was lying open on her lap. The kids were so tired they could hardly keep their eyes open.Open and closed
DOING BUSINESS
A1 A shop or business is open during the time it is available for business or serving customers: Most shops are open on Sundays now.Open and closed
COMPUTERS
If a computer document or program is open, it is ready to be read or used.Operating computers
WITHOUT BUILDINGS [always before noun]
B1 An open area of land has no buildings on it or near it: large open spaces open fieldsAreas of land in generalSpace - general words
NOT COVERED [always before noun]
without a roof or cover: an open courtyardRoofs and parts of roofs
FOR EVERYONE
If a place or event is open, everyone can go to it or become involved in it: an open debate Are the gardens open to the public?Available and accessiblePresent
HONEST
An open person is honest and does not hide their feelings: He's very open and friendly.Honesty, openness and sincerity
NOT HIDDEN [always before noun]
Open feelings, usually negative ones, are not hidden: open hostility/rivalry Honesty, openness and sincerity
NOT DECIDED
If a decision or question is open, it has not yet been decided: We don't have to make a firm arrangement now. Let's leave it open.UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
have/keep an open mind
B2 to wait until you know all the facts before you form an opinion about something or judge someone: The cause of the fire is still unclear and we are keeping an open mind.UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
open to discussion/suggestions, etc
willing to consider a discussion/suggestions, etc: This is only a proposal. I'm open to suggestions.UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
open to abuse/criticism, etc
likely to be abused/criticized, etc: The system is wide open to abuse. →  See also with your eyes open Possible and probable
(Definition of open adjective from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

ray

a narrow beam of light, heat, etc. travelling in a straight line from its place of origin

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More