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open verb

  /ˈoʊp(ə)n/ , /ˈəʊp(ə)n/
  • (transitive) To make something accessible or allow for passage by moving from a shut position.
  • (transitive) To make accessible to customers or clients.
öffnen, aufmachen
  • (obsolete) To disclose; to reveal; to interpret; to explain.
öffnen, aufmachen, sich öffnen, geöffnet, offen
  • (transitive) To start (a campaign).
  • (intransitive) To begin conducting business.
geöffnet, offen, öffnen
  • (computing, transitive, intransitive) To connect to a resource (a file, document, etc.) for viewing or editing.

open adjective

  /ˈoʊp(ə)n/ , /ˈəʊp(ə)n/
  • (usually, not comparable) Not closed.
  • Not settled or adjusted; not decided or determined; not closed or withdrawn from consideration.
offen, auf
  • (comparable) Receptive.
  • (mathematics, topology, of a set) Which is part of a predefined collection of subsets of X, that defines a topological space on X.
  • (music, stringed instruments) Of a note, played without pressing the string against the fingerboard.
  • (not comparable) Actively conducting or prepared to conduct business.
  • (computing, not comparable, of a file, document, etc.) In current use; connected to as a resource.
offen, geöffnet
  • (not comparable) Public
öffentlich, offen
  • (not comparable) Candid, ingenuous, not subtle in character.
aufrichtig, treuherzig, unbedarft

open noun

  /ˈoʊp(ə)n/ , /ˈəʊp(ə)n/
  • A sports event in which anybody can compete.

opening noun

  /ˈoʊ.pə.nɪŋ/ , /ˈəʉp.nɪŋ/ , /ˈəʊ.pə.nɪŋ/
  • A gap permitting passage through.
Öffnung, Eröffnung
  • The first few moves in a game.
Eröffnung, Öffnung
  • The first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe.
  • An unoccupied employment position.
freie Stelle, offene Stelle
  • An act or instance of making or becoming open.

opener noun

  /ˈoʊ.pən.ɚ/ , /ˈəʉ.pən.ə/ , /ˈəʉp.nə/ , /ˈəʊ.pən.ə/
  • A device that opens something; specifically a tin-opener/can-opener, or a bottle opener.

openable adjective

  • Capable of being opened.

openness noun

  • Accommodating attitude or opinion, as in receptivity to new ideas, behaviors, cultures, peoples, environments, experiences, etc., different from the familiar, conventional, traditional, or one's own.
  • The degree to which a person, group, organization, institution, or society exhibits this liberal attitude or opinion.


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