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American English: /ˈoʊpən/
British English: /ˈəʊp(ə)n/

Translation of open in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (not shut or sealed)
    no cicatrizado
    the door was wide open I can hardly keep my eyes open
    apenas puedo mantener los ojos abiertos
    her mouth fell open with surprise
    se quedó boquiabierta or con la boca abierta
    with open arms to cut/tear something open
    abrir algo cortándolo/rasgándolo
    he pushed the door open
    Example sentences
    • The sun is up and it's warm enough to have the windows wide open, and you can watch the world waking up.
    • Elsewhere, a cheerful member of staff is sitting at a desk which completely blocks an open doorway.
    • As he proceeds to end it all, the young man hears a haunting Mozart melody emanating from an open window.
    Example sentences
    • An airport screener smelled alcohol and found an open container of alcohol on the pilot.
    • The cleaners picked up an open packet of Jelly Babies from the theatre.
    • Always reseal open bags to prevent the mix drying out and store it in a cool, dark environment.
    Example sentences
    • They also contain rotting rubbish smells and stop the mess caused by cats ripping open bin liners.
    • Blood had splattered onto every wall; Williamson's throat had been slashed open.
    • Their stomachs are ripped out, their chests crushed, their throats ripped open.
    1.2 (not fastened)
    she wore the shirt open at the neck
    llevaba la camisa con el cuello abierto or desabrochado
    Example sentences
    • He was wearing a pinstriped suit and an open shirt, and he had a ponytail.
    • We met on his enormous yacht, and he wore a captain's cap and an open shirt with epaulets.
    • His shirt is open showing his slightly muscular build.
    1.3 (not folded)
    Example sentences
    • Veronica are open, airy flowers which are ideal for arrangements, bringing both shape and a sense of relaxed style.
    • It looks a bit like an open lotus flower, red and green with edible silver on the outside.
    • If there was not an open flower under that leaf, the flies rapidly walked down the stem and up another stem, instead of flying.
    Example sentences
    • Her biology book was open in her lap and she was staring at me with an annoyed expression on her face.
    • She sat at her desk with her open physics book but could not make sense of a word she was reading.
    • She laid the open atlas down on the table and began to dig through kitchen drawers.
    Example sentences
    • No or low output voltage means the transformer winding has open or shorted winding.
    • This is an example of an open circuit, a gap in the loop preventing charge carriers from moving, thus preventing current.
    • In an open circuit, the free charges would simply remain on the electrodes and a voltage could be measured.
  • 2 2.1 (not enclosed)
    it's open country all around here
    aquí estamos en pleno campo or en campo abierto
    we traveled across open country
    viajamos a campo traviesa or por campo abierto
    open views across the countryside
    una vista panorámica de la campiña
    on the open seas
    en alta mar
    en mar abierto
    open staircase
    escalera (feminine) (sin barandilla)
    Example sentences
    • There is a clause in the planning law against building development on open land.
    • In the heart of Lanarkshire, just nine miles from the centre of Glasgow, lies a vast expanse of open land.
    • The diversity of its landscape is unique, and includes woodland, open heathland and coastal land.
    2.2 (not blocked)
    the road is now open to traffic once more
    la carretera vuelve a estar abierta al tráfico
    the way is open to democracy
    se han abierto las puertas a la democracia
    the road to freedom lay open before us
    el camino de la libertad se abría ante nosotros
    (cheque) (British English)
    no cruzado
    al portador
    a la orden
    Example sentences
    • Moreover, the holder may decide to add a crossing to an open cheque, which is then treated as being crossed.
    • It is an open cheque because the Government has no idea what the cost of these new rights and privileges will be.
    • Some banks charged a certain amount of money when one cashed an open cheque with them.
  • 3 3.1 (not covered)
    an open fire
    una chimenea
    un hogar
    Example sentences
    • Instead, the food is cooked over open fires, causing serious deforestation.
    • This rustic farmhouse offers beef or lamb, roasted on an open log fire.
    • At the moment, heating comes from open fires or stoves in each room.
    3.2 (exposed, vulnerable)open to something
    (to elements/enemy attack)
    expuesto a algo
    to lay o leave oneself open to something you're laying yourself open to blackmail
    te estás exponiendo a que te chantajeen
    we're leaving ourselves wide open to attack/criticism
    estamos exponiéndonos a que nos ataquen/critiquen
    this is open to misunderstanding/abuse
    esto se presta a malentendidos/a que se cometan abusos
    he missed an open goal
    falló con el arco desprotegido or (Spain) a puerta vacía
    Example sentences
    • How can it be made easier to do business here, without leaving the system open to even more abuse?
    • As many people could not read or write, the system was open to abuse and corruption.
    • Senior electoral officers in the city admit the system could be open to abuse.
  • 4 (predicative) 4.1 (ready for business) to be open
    estar abierto
    is it open on Sundays?
    ¿está abierto los domingos?
    4.2 (officially) to be open
    estar abierto
    the new section is open for traffic
    el nuevo tramo está abierto al tráfico
    I declare the exhibition open
    queda inaugurada la exposición
  • 5 (unrestricted)
    abierto al público en general
    a puertas abiertas
    abierto al público
    válido hasta su revocación
    open admission to buy/sell securities in the open market
    comprar/vender valores en el mercado libre or abierto
    open scholarship
    beca (feminine) abierta
    to sell something open stock (American English)
    vender algo por piezas or por unidad
    let's throw the topic open for debate
    abramos el debate sobre el tema
    to be open to somebody/somethingthe competition is open to everybody
    cualquiera puede presentarse al certamen
    the park is open to the public
    el parque está abierto al público
    all these documents are open to inspection
    el público tiene acceso a todos estos documentos
    it's all open and aboveboard
    no hay ningún tapujo
    Example sentences
    • The vision is to make the centre an active hub, open full time to everyone who requires its resources.
    • The long term solution to ending tyranny around the world is free and open trade.
    • It may well be the case that free open competition is best for us all in the long term irrespective of creed or colour.
    Example sentences
    • Drew was delighted with, not only his first ever cross win, but his first ever open race win, too.
    • On the open racing scene, the club organised a number of successful races throughout the year.
    • She is so reliable and it is feasible to expect her to make her presence felt in open races such as the King George and Arc.
    Example sentences
    • It was always just an open ticket, entitling you to travel certain routes.
    • The business saver ticket will remain a competitive option, which offered many advantages on a standard open ticket.
    • I had an open ticket to return to Thailand.
    Example sentences
    • This was far from the freedom of speech and open democratic discussion I'd imagined.
    • Are there any thoughts on the need for a free and open media?
    • Free and open debate on the Senate floor ensures citizens have a say in their government.
  • 6 6.1 (available) (predicative) is the job still open?
    ¿el puesto continúa vacante?
    several options are open to us
    tenemos or se nos presentan varias opciones or alternativas
    only two options remain open to us
    solo nos quedan dos opciones or alternativas
    it is open to them to refuse the offer
    ellos son libres de rechazar la oferta
    6.2 (not decided) that's still an open question
    eso aún está por decidirse
    it's an open question whether she would have done it
    queda la incógnita de si lo habría hecho
    let's leave things open for the time being
    no descartemos ninguna posibilidad de momento
    let's leave the date open
    no concretemos la fecha todavía
    the result is still wide open
    podría pasar cualquier cosa
  • 7 7.1 (receptive) to be open to something
    estar abierto a algo
    I'm always open to suggestions
    siempre estoy abierto a todo tipo de sugerencias
    siempre estoy dispuesto a recibir sugerencias
    they were open to bribes/persuasion
    se los podía sobornar/convencer
    to have an open mind
    tener una actitud abierta
    I'm keeping an open mind about it/him/her
    no quiero prejuzgar/prejuzgarlo/prejuzgarla
    Example sentences
    • Be patient with the people who matter most, and listen to their ideas with an open mind.
    • Wander the streets and markets alone, with an open mind, friendly face and polite gestures.
    • Those who have learnt to approach art with an open mind know that it's rewarding.
    7.2 (frank, candid) she has a very open nature
    es muy abierta
    to be open with somebody
    ser sincero or franco con alguien
    I'll be open with you
    te voy a ser sincero or franco
    voy a ser sincero or franco contigo
    Example sentences
    • I found them to be open and frank about some of the challenges that still lie ahead and I think it this is important.
    • Throughout the interview John is frank and open - except when it comes to money.
    • He was frank, open and polite.
  • 8 (not concealed)
    they were in open revolt
    estaban en franca rebeldía
    Example sentences
    • We can see his influence in the works of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Matisse, who was open in his admiration.
    • He watched in open admiration as she downed the whole lot in several large gulps.
    • Visiting divers will look at you with open admiration when you ask them which part of the wreck they would like to dive on.
  • 9 9.1 (widely spaced)
    open compound
    (sustantivo compuesto formado por dos palabras separadas)
    Example sentences
    • It's usually done with a tack cloth which is an open weave fabric treated with a wax.
    • Look for a natural fabric with a loose, open weave such as burlap or some types of cotton and linen.
    • It is a poly cotton blend with an open knit.
    9.2 (of fabric)
  • 10
    Example sentences
    • A closing diphthong ends closer than it begins, while an opening diphthong ends more open than it begins.
    • Then comes the balm of the refrain-couplet with the open vowel sounds in ‘Golden lads, and Gz'rles all.’
    • Cockneys have short and open vowels, whereas the Cornish have longer vowels and speak fairly slowly.
  • 11 (activated, live)
    Example sentences
    • Other card issuers ask you to provide this information online or by telephone after your account is open.
    • Many expats want to keep their UK bank accounts open while they are abroad.
    • The Co-op was able to check back to 1981, and found nothing to show the account was open then.
    Example sentences
    • Callers key in a security code and confirm their details, and the line is open round-the-clock.
    • Lines are open from midnight tonight and will close on Thursday, September 2 at noon.
    • Lines are open from 7.30 am to midnight and calls are charged at national rate.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    to open ranks
    abrir filas
    I have to open the store this morning
    hoy tengo que abrir yo la tienda
    it won't keep once it's been opened
    una vez abierto, no se puede conservar mucho tiempo
    Example sentences
    • Neighbours wrote that the smell gets so bad they cannot open their windows and doors.
    • By opening windows, doors, and vents on the lower floors you increase the ventilation in your house.
    • She ran out of the bathroom into her room, locked the door, and opened the window.
    Example sentences
    • He opened the box and removed five hundred dollars in cash and a handful of fake passports.
    • He opens the envelope and removes a yellow card and a blue one.
    • Sitting down beside me he carefully opened the box and removed a small brown brick.
    Example sentences
    • I remember wanting to scream, but I couldn't open my mouth, couldn't even open my eyes.
    • Her eyes flashed and she opened her mouth to say more, then snapped it shut, and looked away.
    • She opened her mouth, trying to speak, but no words came out.
    1.2 (unfold)
    open your book at page 10
    abre el libro en or (Spain) por la página 10
    Example sentences
    • It looks like a flower that opens all of it's petals at once.
    • It grows to 150 cm and opens its clear white blooms at the same time as forsythia.
    • The bird opened its wings and began flapping furiously.
    Example sentences
    • He shifts his specs down his nose, opens his book and reads in an exaggerated manner.
    • She opened the file and read through a bit of it.
    • Walking into a book shop, Carl opens a volume of Pride and Prejudice, to find it contains hundreds of pages of the first sentence, repeated over and over.
  • 2 2.1 (clear, remove obstructions from)
    this opens the way for further negotiations
    esto abre las puertas or deja la vía libre a nuevas negociaciones
    to open one's bowels
    2.2 (make accessible, available) to open something to somebody/something
    abrir algo a alguien/algo
    they have opened the house to the public
    han abierto la casa al público
    I should like to open the meeting to our colleagues from France
    quisiera dar la palabra a nuestros colegas franceses
    Example sentences
    • On the other hand, the war opened up new possibilities for using military channels as a means to organize resistance.
    • Edward enjoyed the solitude so much that he and Marie began opening up their land to other artists.
    • These questions have begun to open up new lines of enquiry and to revitalize old ones.
    2.3 (reveal) my trip opened new horizons to me
    el viaje me abrió nuevos horizontes
    Example sentences
    • At length we opened the Bay of New York.
    • As soon as we opened the head-land to the westward of us, a sudden squall took the boat.
  • 3 3.1 (set up, start)
    Example sentences
    • There are a number of things that a new business owner should plan for and think about before opening the business.
    • The two building firms behind the venture are also in talks with a restaurant operator as to opening a business on the ground floor of the building.
    • He was apprenticed to Robert Gillow of Lancaster, then opened a business in London about 1760.
    Example sentences
    • If you do not have a telephone betting account you will be required to open one in order to collect your prize.
    • Add any new address that you want to keep receiving to the new rule by opening Rules Wizard and clicking Modify.
    • Title bars have menus which are opened with right mouse clicks in the title area.
    3.2 (declare open)
    Example sentences
    • On the same day in 1932 the New Shakespeare Memorial Theatre was opened by the Prince of Wales.
    • In 1884 the State Opera House was opened in Budapest with its own ballet company attached.
    • The eight storey library next to the National Museum was opened in 1967.
  • 4 (begin)
    dar comienzo a
    to open the case for the prosecution
    hacer la primera presentación por parte de la acusación
    to open the scoring to open fire on somebody/something
    abrir fuego contra alguien/algo
    Example sentences
    • It cannot realistically be suggested that counsel's error in opening the case had any influence upon the course of the trial.
    • Mr McKendrick then opened the defence case and the panel heard evidence from the defendant himself and from his mother.
    • Certainly there are a number of States where it is the practice for the defence to open their case.
    Example sentences
    • I opened one heart, and the opponents messed up the ensuing auction and defence.
    • I don't want to tell you to open at the one level every time you have four points and your partner can't open.
    • We opened spades, and they bid clubs.
  • 5 (make receptive)to open something to something
    abrir algo a algo
    to open one's heart to God
    abrirle el corazón a Dios
    you must open your mind to new ideas
    debes abrirte a nuevas ideas
    Example sentences
    • I will concede that foreign travel isn't for everyone but I'm firm in my belief that travel really opens one's mind and helps nurture a respect for the international community.
    • So anyway, my point is that society, or at least part of it, seems to be opening their minds a little.
    • Your students' minds will be opened to how far art and design reach into our daily lives.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    all of a sudden the door opened and …
    de pronto se abrió la puerta y …
    the door won't open
    la puerta no se abre
    no puedo ( or podemos etc) abrir la puerta
    the window opens outward
    la ventana (se) abre hacia afuera
    her mouth opened wide with surprise
    se quedó boquiabierta
    open wide!
    abra bien la boca
    abra bien grande
    suddenly his eyes opened
    de repente abrió los ojos
    the heavens o skies opened
    empezó a diluviar
    Example sentences
    • Old wounds were opening again and I was finding it impossible to heal them.
    • Old wounds opened as he remembered the sting of refused sanctuaries and broken friendships.
    • A wound had opened that could not heal, at least, not one that she could do anything about.
    Example sentences
    • The door opened and I entered the dark corridor, closing the door behind me.
    • There was this figure peering out of the front left window as the door opened.
    • After a minute, the door opened, and a pretty face popped out of the door.
    1.2 (unfold)
    1.3 (be revealed)
    the plains opened before us
    la llanura se extendió ante nuestra vista
    Example sentences
    • Gradually Rosedale opened to view and we dipped into North Dale which is hidden from the fray but spacious.
    • Then, at Goose How, the views open towards Kentmere and the Horseshoe of hills beyond.
    • Then, as the highway approaches Three Rivers, the view opens to encompass the snow-covered Sierra.
  • 2 (give access)to open onto/into something
    dar a algo
    the windows open onto the garden
    las ventanas dan al jardín
    the door opened into a corridor
    la puerta daba a un pasillo
  • 3 (for business)
    what time does the library open?
    ¿a qué hora abre la biblioteca?
    Example sentences
    • Staff at the William Hill betting shop in London's Earls Court wore pyjamas as they opened for business at 7am.
    • We found a restaurant and ate breakfast and then walked the mall until it opened.
    • The few city centre shopkeepers that had bothered to open waited forlornly for customers.
  • 4 (begin)
    she opened with a high card (Games)
    abrió (el juego) con una carta alta
    her new movie opens in London next week
    su nueva película se estrena en Londres la semana próxima
    the concert opened with the national anthem
    el concierto comenzó or se inició con el himno nacional
    Example sentences
    • The piece opens with Sal attempting to buy a peach.
    • This story opens with him writing, but he is soon interrupted by a call to supply the book for an opera.
    • The piece opens with a yearning, lyrical duet.


  • 1in the open (in the open air)
    al aire libre
    we spent the night in the open
    pasamos la noche al aire libre or a la intemperie or al raso
    I feel better now it's all out in the open
    me siento mejor ahora que todo el mundo lo sabe
    to bring something (out) into the open
    hacer público algo
    sacar algo a la luz
    they were forced to come out into the open with their allegations
    se vieron obligados a hacer públicas sus acusaciones

Phrasal verbs

open out

1verb + adverb 1.1 (become wider)
1.2 (unfold)
it opens out like this
se abre así
the center pages open out into a poster
las páginas centrales forman un póster al abrirse
1.3 (blossom, develop)
volverse más abierto
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

open up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (undo, unlock)
1.2 (cut, create)
1.3 (make accessible, available)
to open something up to somebody/something
abrir algo a alguien/algo
China has opened itself up to foreigners
la China se ha abierto a los extranjeros
1.4 (reveal)
(new horizons)
1.5 (set up)
2verb + adverb 2.1 (open building) open up! police!
¡abran! ¡policía!
2.2 (become open)
2.3 (become accessible, available)to open up (to somebody/something)
abrirse (a alguien/algo)
to open up to new ideas
abrirse a nuevas ideas
new prospects for peace have opened up before us
nuevas perspectivas de paz se han abierto ante nosotros
2.4 (talk freely) [colloquial]he opened up to her
le abrió su pecho [literary]
he found it difficult to open up to his father
le costaba ser abierto or franco con su padre
after a few drinks she began to open up
tras unas cuantas copas empezó a entrar en confianza
2.5 (liven up) (Sport)
ponerse bueno
2.6 (start up)
2.7 (open fire) (Military)
abrir fuego
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