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English verb: open up

1. open up (contact) cause to open or to become open


SamplesMary opened the car door.


ExamplesThey want to open up the doors


Synonymsopen


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)breach, break open, click open, gap, jimmy, lance, lever, prise, prize, pry, reopen, unbar, unbolt, uncork, unlock, unseal


Causeopen, open up


Antonymsclose, shut

2. open up (change) become available


SamplesAn opportunity opened up.


Synonymsopen


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)arise, come up

3. open up (change) make available


SamplesThis opens up new possibilities.


Synonymsopen


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)afford, give, yield


Causeopen, open up

4. open up (creation) open up an area or prepare a way


SamplesShe pioneered a graduate program for women students.


Synonymspioneer


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)innovate, introduce

5. open up (social) start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning


SamplesOpen a business.


ExamplesThe business is going to open up


Synonymsopen


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)establish, found, launch, set up


Antonymsclose down, close up, shut down, close, fold

6. open up (contact) become open


SamplesThe door opened.


ExamplesThe doors open up


Synonymsopen


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)fly open, unfasten


Antonymsclose, shut

7. open up (communication) talk freely and without inhibition


ExamplesSam and Sue open up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize


Antonymsbe quiet, belt up, button up, clam up, keep mum, shut up, dummy up, close up









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