Meaning of “open” - Learner’s Dictionary

open

verb us uk /ˈəʊpən/
Extra Examples
I can't open the door.She opened the drawer and laid the scarf inside.I've tried to open the window, but it won't budge.This door opens outward.He opened the door and walked through.
NOT CLOSED [ I, T ]

A1 If something opens, it changes to a position that is not closed, and if you open it, you make it change to a position that is not closed:

to open a door/window
The gate won't open.
Don't open your eyes yet.
REMOVE COVER [ T ]

A2 to remove part of a container or parcel so that you can see or use what it contains:

Karen opened the box and looked inside.
Why don't you open the envelope?
I can't open this bottle.
PREPARE FOR USE [ I, T ]

If an object opens, the parts that are folded together move apart, and if you open it, you make the parts that are folded together move apart:

Shall I open the umbrella?
Open your books at page 22.
START WORK [ I ]

A2 If a shop or office opens at a particular time of day, it starts to do business at that time:

What time does the bank open?
COMPUTERS [ T ]

B1 to make a computer document or program ready to be read or used

START OFFICIALLY [ I, T ]

B2 If a business or activity opens, it starts officially for the first time, and if you open it, you make it start officially for the first time:

That restaurant's new - it only opened last month.
Several shops have opened up in the last year.
MAKE AVAILABLE [ T ]

to allow people to use a road or area:

They opened up the roads again the day after the flooding.
open an account

to make an arrangement to keep your money with a bank:

Have you opened a bank account yet?
→ See also open the floodgates

(Definition of “open verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)