Synonyms for (noun) open

open, surface

information that has become public

all the reports were out in the open; the facts had been brought to the surface


a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play

LESS SPECIFIC: tournament, tourney

open, open air, out-of-doors, outdoors

where the air is unconfined

he wanted to get outdoors a little; the concert was held in the open air; camping in the open

LESS SPECIFIC: exterior, outside

open, clear

a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water

finally broke out of the forest into the open

LESS SPECIFIC: area, country

Synonyms for (verb) open

open, open up

make available

This opens up new possibilities

LESS SPECIFIC: yield, afford, give

open, open up

become available

an opportunity opened up

LESS SPECIFIC: come up, arise


make the opening move

Kasparov opened with a standard opening


open, open up

become open

The door opened

LESS SPECIFIC: turn, change state

spread, spread out, unfold, open

spread out or open from a closed or folded state

open the map; spread your arms



display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer

LESS SPECIFIC: display, exhibit, expose


begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.

He opened the meeting with a long speech

LESS SPECIFIC: embark on, commence, start, start up

Synonyms for (adjective) open


ready for business

the stores are open



not having been filled

the job is still open

LESS SPECIFIC: available

heart-to-heart, candid, open

openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness

his candid eyes; an open and trusting nature; a heart-to-heart talk

LESS SPECIFIC: ingenuous, artless


without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition

the clarity and resonance of an open tone; her natural and open response

LESS SPECIFIC: unconstricted

clear, open

affording free passage or view

a clear view; a clear path to victory; open waters; the open countryside

LESS SPECIFIC: unobstructed

open, unfastened

affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed

an open door; they left the door open

LESS SPECIFIC: ajar wide-open


affording free passage or access

open drains; the road is open to traffic; open ranks

LESS SPECIFIC: opened unstoppered yawning

open, opened

used of mouth or eyes

keep your eyes open; his mouth slightly opened


having no protecting cover or enclosure

an open boat; an open fire; open sports cars

LESS SPECIFIC: unenclosed

open, overt

open and observable; not secret or hidden

an overt lie; overt hostility; overt intelligence gathering; open ballots


open to or in view of all

an open protest; an open letter to the editor


exposed, open

with no protection or shield

the exposed northeast frontier; open to the weather; an open wound

LESS SPECIFIC: unprotected

receptive, open

ready or willing to receive favorably

receptive to the proposals


accessible to all

open season; an open economy

LESS SPECIFIC: unrestricted

open, opened

not sealed or having been unsealed

the letter was already open; the opened package lay on the table


unresolved, open, undecided, undetermined

not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought

an open question; our position on this bill is still undecided; our lawsuit is still undetermined

LESS SPECIFIC: unsettled

open, loose

(of textures) full of small openings or gaps

an open texture; a loose weave

LESS SPECIFIC: harsh, coarse

subject, capable, open

possibly accepting or permitting

a passage capable of misinterpretation; open to interpretation; an issue open to question; the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation

LESS SPECIFIC: susceptible


not requiring union membership

an open shop employs nonunion workers


assailable, open, undefendable, undefended

not defended or capable of being defended

an open city; open to attack

LESS SPECIFIC: vulnerable