Antonyms for open

Grammar : Adj, verb
Spell : oh-puh n
Phonetic Transcription : ˈoʊ pən

Definition of open

Origin :
  • Old English open "not closed down, raised up" (of gates, eyelids, etc.), also "exposed, evident, well-known, public," often in a bad sense, "notorious, shameless;" from Proto-Germanic *upana, literally "put or set up" (cf. Old Norse opinn, Swedish öppen, Danish aaben, Old Saxon opan, Old Frisian epen, Old High German offan, German offen "open"), from PIE *upo "up from under, over" (cf. Latin sub, Greek hypo; see sub-). Related to up, and throughout Germanic the word has the appearance of a past participle of *up (v.), but no such verb has been found. The source of words for "open" in many Indo-European languages seems to be an opposite of the word for "closed, shut" (e.g. Gothic uslukan).
  • Of physical spaces, "unobstructed, unencumbered," c.1200; of rooms with unclosed entrances, c.1300; of wounds, late 14c. Transferred sense of "frank, candid" is attested from early 14c. Of shops, etc., "available for business," it dates from 1824. Open-handed "liberal, generous" is from c.1600. Open door in reference to international trading policies is attested from 1856. Open season is first recorded 1896, of game; and figuratively 1914 of persons. Open book in the figurative sense of "person easy to understand" is from 1853. Open house "hospitality for all visitors" is first recorded 1824. Open-and-shut "simple, straightforward" first recorded 1841 in New Orleans. Open marriage, one in which the partners sleep with whomever they please, is from 1972. Open road (1817, American English) originally meant a public one; romanticized sense of "traveling as an expression of personal freedom" first recorded 1856, in Whitman.
  • adj unfastened, unclosed
  • adj accessible; not forbidden
  • adj clear, obvious
  • adj undecided
  • adj honest, objective
  • verb begin
  • verb clear, expose; spread
Example sentences :
  • It was still daylight, and the door of the next dwelling was open.
  • Extract from : « The Armourer's Prentices » by Charlotte M. Yonge
  • However, be that as it might, not one of them but knew how to open the sluices.
  • Extract from : « The Armourer's Prentices » by Charlotte M. Yonge
  • She arose, and would have gone around the table to him, but he met her with open arms.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • The battle was disastrous for the Egyptians and the valley of the Nile was open to the invaders.
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The hunters were roving the open, and even Hal Dozier was at fault.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • Even if he could find an open window, or if the door were unlatched, how could he find the girl?
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • Running to the door she threw it open and listened intently.
  • Extract from : « Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus » by Jessie Graham Flower
  • He turned sharply and sauntered toward the open door of the house.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • The troops moved in as good line as troops could move, at open files.
  • Extract from : « A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion » by William Dobein James
  • Could this be all the obstruction I was prepared to open a pass through?
  • Extract from : « Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia » by Thomas Mitchell

Synonyms for open

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019