1 not closed
VERBS be, gape, lie, stand The book lay open in front of him. The door stood open. | burst, clang, creak, fall, fly, judder, sag, swing The bag fell open. Suddenly the door flew open. The woman's mouth sagged open. The gate swung open. | remain | fling sth, flip sth, get sth, prise sth, pull sth, push sth, tear sth, throw sth, wrench sth, yank sth She flung the door open and rushed in. She flipped open Chris's diary. He tore the letter open. | have sth, hold sth, keep sth, leave sth She held the door open for them. | find sth, see sth I found the door open.
ADV. fully, wide The door was wide open. | slightly
2 honest and willing to talk
VERBS be, seem
ADV. extremely, very | absolutely, completely, quite
PREP. about She's very open about her mistakes. | with I don't think you've been completely open with me.
3 available for people to use
VERBS be | remain, stay In spite of the snow, the roads remained open. Some of the supermarkets stay open till ten. | keep sth We want to keep the village store open.
PREP. to The car park is only open to residents.
4 having begun
VERBS be | declare sth The Australian premier declared the Olympic Games open.
ADV. officially The bridge is officially open now.
1 door, window, box, etc.
ADV. wide She opened all the windows wide to let some fresh air in. | slowly | gingerly Fred opened it gingerly and peered inside. | automatically The glass doors opened automatically for him. | out, up I opened out the map and laid it on the table. ‘Open up!’ He hammered on the door.
VERB + OPEN try to | manage to | fail to Her parachute failed to open.
2 building, road, etc.
ADV. formally, officially | up opening up new markets
VERB + OPEN be due to, be expected to, be scheduled to The museum is due to open next year. | hope to, intend to, plan to, want to, wish to
PHRASES newly/recently opened the newly opened gallery of Western decorative art