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Synonyms of open in English:


  • 1 the door's open
    not shut, not closed, unlocked, unbolted, unlatched, off the latch, unfastened, unbarred, unsecured;
    ajar, wide open, agape, gaping, yawning
    [Antonyms] shut, closed
  • 2 a blue silk shirt, open at the neck
    unfastened, not done up, undone, unbuttoned, unzipped, loose;
  • 3 the council used several tonnes of grit in a bid to keep the main roads open
    [Antonyms] blocked
  • 4 an eighteenth-century farmhouse with lovely views over open countryside her love of open spaces
    unenclosed, rolling, sweeping, extensive, wide, wide open, broad, unfenced, exposed, unsheltered;
    undeveloped, unbuilt-up
    [Antonyms] enclosed, built-up, developed
  • 5 a map of the area was open beside him
    spread out, unfolded, unfurled, unrolled, straightened out;
    extended, stretched out
    [Antonyms] closed, put away
  • 6 the shop is open daily
    open for business, open to the public
    [Antonyms] shut, closed
  • 7 I could keep the position open for a week or two, to give you time to think
    available, vacant, free, unfilled, unoccupied
    informal on hold, up for grabs
  • 8 he criticized the system for being open to abuse
    at risk of, vulnerable, subject, susceptible, allowing of, permitting, liable, an easy target for, exposed, at the mercy of
    [Antonyms] immune
  • 9 she was quite open about her feelings
    frank, candid, honest, forthright, direct, unreserved, blunt, plain-spoken, outspoken, free-spoken, downright, not afraid to call a spade a spade;
    communicative, forthcoming, uninhibited
    informal upfront
    archaic round
    [Antonyms] secretive, deep, devious
  • 10 they eyed one another with open hostility
    [Antonyms] concealed
  • 11 the case is still open
    unresolved, not yet settled, yet to be settled, undecided, unsettled, up in the air;
    open to debate, open for discussion, arguable, debatable, moot
    [Antonyms] decided, concluded
  • 12 I'm keeping an open mind on the subject
    [Antonyms] biased
  • 13 I'm always open to suggestions
    receptive, amenable, willing/ready/disposed to listen, responsive
  • 14 what other options are open to us?
    available, accessible, on hand, obtainable, on offer
  • 15 they are required by law to hold an open meeting
    public, general, unrestricted, non-exclusive, accessible to everyone, non-restrictive
    [Antonyms] private
  • verb

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  • 1 she opened the front door
    unfasten, unlatch, unlock, unbolt, unbar;
    throw wide
    [Antonyms] close, shut
  • 2 when Katherine opened the parcel, she found a copy of ‘Daisy Miller’
    unwrap, undo, untie, unseal
  • 3 shall I open another bottle?
  • 4 Adam opened the Ordnance Survey map
    [Antonyms] close, fold up
  • 5 a statement in which he opened his heart as never before
    reveal, uncover, expose, lay bare, bare, pour out, exhibit, show, disclose, divulge
  • 6 we're hoping to open next month
    start trading, open for business, be ready for customers/visitors, admit customers, begin business, set up shop, put up one's plate
    North American informal hang out one's shingle
  • 7 Sir Bryan opened the meeting by welcoming the Commissioner the film opens with a long sex scene
    [Antonyms] end, finish
  • 8 the lounge opens on to a terrace
    give access, give on to, lead, be connected, communicate with;
    command a view of, face, overlook
  • Word links

    agoraphobia fear of open places
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