Translation of open in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈoʊpən//ˈəʊp(ə)n/


  • 1

    • 1.1(available)

      is the job still open? ¿el puesto continúa vacante?
      • several options are open to us tenemos / se nos presentan varias opciones / alternativas
      • only two options remain open to us solo nos quedan dos opciones / alternativas
      • it is open to them to refuse the offer ellos son libres de rechazar la oferta

    • 1.2(not decided)

      that's still an open question eso aún está por decidirse
      • it's an open question whether she would have done it queda la incógnita de si lo habría hecho
      • let's leave things open for the time being no descartemos ninguna posibilidad de momento
      • let's leave the date open no concretemos la fecha todavía
      • the result is still wide open podría pasar cualquier cosa

  • 2

    • 2.1(ready for business)

      to be open estar abierto
      • is it open on Sundays? ¿está abierto los domingos?

    • 2.2(officially)

      to be open estar abierto
      • the new section is open for traffic el nuevo tramo está abierto al tráfico
      • I declare the exhibition open queda inaugurada la exposición

  • 3

    (membership/enrolment) abierto al público en general
    (meeting/session) a puertas abiertas
    (meeting/session) abierto al público
    (reservation/ticket) abierto
    (order) válido hasta su revocación
    (trial) público
    (society/government) abierto
    open admission entrada libre feminine
    • to buy/sell securities in the open market comprar/vender valores en el mercado libre / abierto
    • open scholarship beca abierta
    • to sell sth open stock vender algo por piezas / por unidad
    • let's throw the topic open for debate abramos el debate sobre el tema
    • to be open to sb/sth
    • the competition is open to everybody cualquiera puede presentarse al certamen
    • the park is open to the public el parque está abierto al público
    • all these documents are open to inspection el público tiene acceso a todos estos documentos
    • it's all open and aboveboard no hay ningún tapujo
  • 4

    • 4.1(not enclosed)

      (country/spaces/fields) abierto
      it's open country all around here aquí estamos en pleno campo / en campo abierto
      • we traveled across open country viajamos a campo traviesa / por campo abierto
      • open views across the countryside una vista panorámica de la campiña
      • on the open seas en mar abierto
      • open staircase escalera sin barandilla
      • It was our first sight of wide open space, with nothing but mountains and huge gorges on the horizon.
      • The diversity of its landscape is unique, and includes woodland, open heathland and coastal land.
      • The wide, open plains of Poland were ideally suited to the rapid movement of tanks central to a blitzkrieg attack.
      • There is a clause in the planning law against building development on open land.
      • But the parched ground and warm and sunny temperatures meant a flood of calls to attend fires on open ground.
      • There are wide open spaces for children, it is safe for them, and we are a crime-free area.
      • Springbok shelter beneath trees and a lone hyena scurries across the open plain.
      • The scenery is flat and open, lacking in trees and hills but with sweeping vistas across stunning landscapes.
      • Winter in particular can provide some dramatic effects across the wide open spaces.
      • Just north of Gardez is a wide, open plain studded with small villages.
      • If you crave wide open spaces and big skies, then a place in the country would suit.
      • She was fascinated by the country's wide open spaces and vast grassy plains.
      • Country life benefits from wide open spaces where there is less traffic and room for country walks.
      • The riverside, its wildlife, its views, its open spaces and historic features are close to all our hearts.
      • The animals enjoy wide open spaces, eat natural foods and also enjoy some of the cleanest air in the world.
      • Their adventure has seen them scale high peaks, sail across oceans and cycle across open wilderness and deserts.
      • In the heart of Lanarkshire, just nine miles from the centre of Glasgow, lies a vast expanse of open land.
      • They agreed the mast was in the wrong place and would dominate the landscape in an area of open countryside.
      • They were amazed at the wide open spaces and how green everything was, but less impressed with the distance to the shops.
      • Because many larks nest in open desert areas, chicks are often exposed to sun and heat.

    • 4.2(not blocked)

      (tube/pathway) abierto
      the road is now open to traffic once more la carretera vuelve a estar abierta al tráfico
      • the way is open to democracy se han abierto las puertas a la democracia
      • the road to freedom lay open before us el camino de la libertad se abría ante nosotros

    • 4.3

      (cheque) no cruzado British
      (cheque) al portador British
      (cheque) a la orden British
      • Moreover, the holder may decide to add a crossing to an open cheque, which is then treated as being crossed.
      • Some banks charged a certain amount of money when one cashed an open cheque with them.
      • He mistook the open cheque for €50,000 as a personal contribution of €5,000.
      • It is an open cheque because the Government has no idea what the cost of these new rights and privileges will be.

  • 5

    • 5.1(not shut or sealed)

      (door/window) abierto
      (bottle) empezado
      (bottle) abierto
      (pores) abierto
      (pores) dilatado
      (wound) abierto
      (wound) no cicatrizado
      the door was wide open la puerta estaba abierta de par en par
      • I can hardly keep my eyes open apenas puedo mantener los ojos abiertos
      • her mouth fell open with surprise se quedó boquiabierta / con la boca abierta
      • with open arms con los brazos abiertos
      • to cut/tear sth open abrir algo cortándolo/rasgándolo
      • he pushed the door open abrió la puerta de un empujón
      • They raided her apartment, slashed open her suitcase and stole her mobile phone.
      • She found my open backpack in the closet and carefully went through all its pockets and compartments.
      • I spent half the morning lolling around in bed with the windows open, enjoying the sunshine.
      • He was certain that the loft hatch had been open at the time of the fire.
      • The cleaners picked up an open packet of Jelly Babies from the theatre.
      • At the funeral they were filing past the open coffin to pay their respects.
      • Elsewhere, a cheerful member of staff is sitting at a desk which completely blocks an open doorway.
      • A common occurrence is a child is left alone in a car on a hot day, even with the window slightly open.
      • The animals have been known to make a nuisance of themselves by ripping open rubbish bags after smelling food.
      • As he proceeds to end it all, the young man hears a haunting Mozart melody emanating from an open window.
      • The sun is up and it's warm enough to have the windows wide open, and you can watch the world waking up.
      • There were a lot of open bottles left in the office after the Carnival celebration.
      • I have a bad habit of not closing the blinds properly or forgetting that the curtains are open.
      • The front door of the house was open and the smells of the kitchen engulfed them.
      • Her backpack was open, and I saw a pack of tarot cards, along with an Ouija board in it.
      • His duffle bag was open in front of him on the bed, a shoelace dangling over the zipper.
      • They also contain rotting rubbish smells and stop the mess caused by cats ripping open bin liners.
      • At last, we all got comfortable in the living room, each of us with an open bottle of lager.
      • All of the overhead lockers flew open and the red cover on the handle of the emergency exit sprang across the cabin.
      • Her gym bag was open and her makeup and shampoo bottles were scattered on my bed.
      • Their stomachs are ripped out, their chests crushed, their throats ripped open.
      • Some reports claim that the hatches to the cargo were broken open and the casks of alcohol broached.
      • Then he reached for an open bottle of red wine, took a swig from the neck.
      • Finally he managed to get the door unlocked and pulled it open as quickly and quietly as he could.
      • An open packet of painkillers and a bladed instrument were found next to the body.
      • One of the men was holding a long open box.
      • Letting out a moan, he grabs at the open bottle of pills, some of which spill onto the carpet.
      • I am unable to open a window in my house as swarms of blue flies come in just as soon as a window is open.
      • The doors swung fully open to reveal a man sitting behind a mahogany desk, wide arched windows flanking him.
      • He reached across the table and plucked a cigarette from the open packet.
      • I sat up in bed, shielding my eyes from the light which came in through the open curtains.
      • The door to James' house was open slightly and through the gap you could see the place was in complete darkness.
      • He knocks loudly at the door, and it swings open with a ponderous creak.
      • When he didn't move to get up she marched over to the curtains and pulled them open.
      • We were not far from the wall now, and my eyes were fastened upon the open gate.
      • Rubbish bags in and around the Kennet area have recently been found ripped open.
      • She fell and sliced open her shin.
      • Blood had splattered onto every wall; Williamson's throat had been slashed open.
      • She appeared in front of Kate in a moment, setting an open bottle of beer in front of her.
      • She stepped closer to the bed where the open suitcase lay, picking up a pearl necklace.
      • Always reseal open bags to prevent the mix drying out and store it in a cool, dark environment.
      • Residents found it impossible to sit outside in their gardens or have their windows open because of the racket.
      • An airport screener smelled alcohol and found an open container of alcohol on the pilot.
      • The spider trembled and swayed in the sudden gust from the open bathroom window.
      • First of all, I used mostly milk chocolate chips because I had an open bag to get rid of.
      • Amy reached the gate and pushed it open from the inside.
      • In the hall, Howard discovered Deirdre and the two boys putting their coats on by the open front door.

    • 5.2(not fastened)

      (shirt/jacket) abierto
      (shirt/jacket) desabrochado
      she wore the shirt open at the neck llevaba la camisa con el cuello abierto / desabrochado
      • His shirt is open showing his slightly muscular build.
      • He was dressed simply, in black breeches and a white shirt that was open at the neck.
      • I had my lightweight coat on, and that was open, so the warmth penetrated so deep I felt I was breathing it.
      • She tried her best to avert her eyes from the chest that she could plainly see through the open shirt.
      • But the eyewitness alerted police and they caught him with his trousers half open.
      • He had an open jacket over a black t-shirt.
      • He was wearing a dark maroon shirt with an open dark blue jacket over it.
      • The shirt is open three or so buttons down revealing a lengthy vertical surgical scar.
      • I find it sexy when a man wears an open collar shirt that reveals the top part of his chest.
      • We met on his enormous yacht, and he wore a captain's cap and an open shirt with epaulets.
      • After some hours, he said, they were given gowns that were open at the back.
      • He was wearing a pinstriped suit and an open shirt, and he had a ponytail.
      • The man was smoking a cigarette, and his shirt was open at the neck.
      • The maître d' wore a jacket and an open collar shirt.
      • He wore light brown leather breeches and an open leather jacket.
      • He had also taken off his tie, and the few topmost buttons of his shirt were open.
      • She was wearing just an open dressing-gown, her lacy cream nightgown showing beneath.
      • Olivia notes the direction of his gaze, and realizes her robe has fallen open again.
      • Her button up shirt was open at the top.

    • 5.3(not folded)

      (book/flower/newspaper) abierto
      (map) abierto
      (map) desplegado
      • There were books lying open at pages that had seemed relevant.
      • He sat hunched forward on the chair, fully focused on the book which lay open on his lap.
      • Beside it is another copy of the same book, open at Canaletto's view of the Grand Canal of 1746.
      • A few tentative catkins are appearing on the willow and there are several flowers already open on the Japanese quince.
      • She reached over and grabbed the file from the ornate hotel desk and pulled it open.
      • Veronica are open, airy flowers which are ideal for arrangements, bringing both shape and a sense of relaxed style.
      • I just stand there, intently examining a fully open rose, not knowing what to say.
      • It looks a bit like an open lotus flower, red and green with edible silver on the outside.
      • He finally faced her, and smiled as he caught sight of the open record book.
      • Next to the lute is an open hymn book, identifiable as the work of the great religious reformer Martin Luther.
      • Its a paperback book that doesn't easily sit open on a table where it is likely best used.
      • He pulled a heavy, leather bound book off from a high shelf, and cracked it open gently.
      • She laid the open atlas down on the table and began to dig through kitchen drawers.
      • She quickly scanned the pages of the math book that was open and ready in front of her.
      • Would you like to be caught reading a trashy novel that falls open at the rude bits?
      • Her biology book was open in her lap and she was staring at me with an annoyed expression on her face.
      • The entire bolts were cut off at their base when they had produced one open flower.
      • He was staring down at the diary on the floor, which had fallen open when it had landed.
      • She sat at her desk with her open physics book but could not make sense of a word she was reading.
      • If there was not an open flower under that leaf, the flies rapidly walked down the stem and up another stem, instead of flying.
      • This procedure was repeated on two consecutive days to ensure pollination of open flowers.
      • Leaning on a stone parapet overlooking the Seine, a young man loses himself in a book held open in front of him.
      • Books are open on every surface, and there are many pages of notebooks strewn around.
      • The book was open in the middle, and it was ancient and smelled of dust.
      • Erin was poring over a huge book that had been open under the side table under a dim red desk lamp.
      • He gave me a quick nod of his head then carried on reading out loud from the textbook he had open in front of him.
      • He stooped to pick up a book from where it lay open and spine-up on the floor and examined the cover.
      • Bags have to be put on early in the season as bract damage can occur at bud stage, as well as when birds feed on the open flowers.

    • 5.4

      (circuit) abierto
      • This is an example of an open circuit, a gap in the loop preventing charge carriers from moving, thus preventing current.
      • No or low output voltage means the transformer winding has open or shorted winding.
      • In an open circuit, the free charges would simply remain on the electrodes and a voltage could be measured.
      • A fingerprint is disposed to close the open circuit by making contact and thereby serving as a ‘temporary’ back electrode.

  • 6

    • 6.1(receptive)

      to be open to sth estar abierto a algo
      • I'm always open to suggestions siempre estoy dispuesto a recibir sugerencias
      • they were open to bribes/persuasion se los podía sobornar/convencer
      • to have an open mind tener una actitud abierta
      • I'm keeping an open mind about it/him/her no quiero prejuzgar/prejuzgarlo/prejuzgarla
      • It is about having an open mind, about finding potential solutions.
      • I'm just going to go in there with an open mind and try to handle it as appropriately as I can.
      • If you go with an open mind and accept it for what it is you can't fail to have a good time.
      • I'd never heard of the guy before, so I approached the movie with an open mind.
      • I think the biggest thing I have learned is to always keep an open mind and always look for a new approach.
      • Those who have learnt to approach art with an open mind know that it's rewarding.
      • Be patient with the people who matter most, and listen to their ideas with an open mind.
      • Keep an open mind when it comes to exercise and don't be afraid of change.
      • My father is extremely well read and from him I've learned the value of an open mind.
      • They have said that they are still keeping an open mind and would not be drawn on whether it is now a murder or missing person inquiry.
      • You have to show yourselves as people with open minds, receptive to the ideas of independent voices in the boardroom.
      • You want people to go in with an open mind and just enjoy what they see.
      • No one ever said it was going to be easy but with an open mind anything is possible.
      • Wander the streets and markets alone, with an open mind, friendly face and polite gestures.
      • I always come into these things with an open mind, but they need to be justified.
      • You should keep an open mind while reading any book and adopting any style from these books.
      • The more you understand why something has turned out the way it has, the more you can empathise and think with an open mind.
      • At this stage we have an open mind on all the options - that is what the consultation is about.
      • We are keeping an open mind on what other criminal activities he may have been involved in.
      • There are no qualifications needed other than an open mind and a willingness to listen.

    • 6.2(frank, candid)

      she has a very open nature es muy abierta
      • to be open with sb ser sincero / franco con algn
      • I'll be open with you te voy a ser sincero / franco
      • The second challenge is how to convince the drug industry to be more open about their ongoing trials.
      • The filmmakers are relatively open about their lack of interest in the problem.
      • Personally I find it rather sad that couples aren't more willing to be open about their money.
      • Be open about your worries - it's only by sharing them that the staff can arrange the support that you need.
      • Throughout the interview John is frank and open - except when it comes to money.
      • He was frank, open and polite.
      • She's very open about her relationship, and Alice, her partner, is someone we like enormously.
      • I found that older women can be incredibly open about sex, the good and the bad.
      • I found them to be open and frank about some of the challenges that still lie ahead and I think it this is important.
      • It's difficult to be open and honest about deficiencies in your hospital or practice.
      • You do not have to worry about showing your notes to anyone, so be free and open.
      • Nevertheless, journals might become more open about the basis upon which they select books and reviewers.
      • Up to this time he had been open and free in giving out information and revealing discoveries.
      • If you are open and honest from the beginning a mutually satisfactory agreement can be worked out.
      • Max is of a generation who are able to be open about their sexuality with relative impunity.
      • We must treat everyone fairly, be open and honest and prepared to justify our decisions when challenged.
      • It will make those around you more open and accessible to sharing themselves with you.
      • The overriding message from residents was a wish for councillors to be held to account and to be open.
      • The decision to be open about her illness has brought her both solace and stress.
      • They were very open about their relationship and their plans for their future life together.

  • 7

    (not concealed)
    (hostility/resistance/resentment) abierto
    (hostility/resentment/resistance) manifiesto
    they were in open revolt estaban en franca rebeldía
  • 8

    • 8.1(widely spaced)

      (columns/ranks) abierto
      open compound sustantivo compuesto formado por dos palabras separadas
      • Look for a natural fabric with a loose, open weave such as burlap or some types of cotton and linen.
      • It is a poly cotton blend with an open knit.
      • Fabrics of these fibers often burn easily because of an open fabric weave.
      • It's usually done with a tack cloth which is an open weave fabric treated with a wax.

    • 8.2(of fabric)

      (weave) abierto

  • 9

    (vowel) abierto
    (vowel) libre
  • 10

    (activated, live)
    (switch) encendido
    (channel/line) abierto
    (line/channel) conectado
  • 11

    • 11.1(not covered)

      (carriage) abierto
      (carriage) descubierto
      (sewer) a cielo abierto
      (sewer) descubierto
      an open fire una chimenea
      • Like all old houses, many of the rooms had open fires, but dampness and condensation was a problem.
      • Some new fireplaces have an integral glass screen, making them safer than conventional open fires.
      • The open drain has been covered.
      • These areas are flood prone, and after a big flood the toxic sites are left open and exposed.
      • At least twenty people were on crutches, had parts bandaged, or with open wounds not even covered.
      • This rustic farmhouse offers beef or lamb, roasted on an open log fire.
      • Clothes, covers, and hat help to maintain body temperature of newborns when they are nursed in an open cot
      • They walked up the stairs to the open sun deck, which was already crowded with people.
      • The elegant lounges are made to relax in, with their welcoming open fires and fresh flowers.
      • The house had an open courtyard and you could hear the protestors chanting down the street.
      • The sewage drains are open and the only sources of water are the borewells that are drying up.
      • The dirt and the filthiness of the city and its open drains nauseate her.
      • At the moment, heating comes from open fires or stoves in each room.
      • This waste is usually held in large, open tanks or pits before being spread onto farmer's fields.
      • The manhole cover was missing and the open hole was surrounded by long grass and hidden from view.
      • In the midst of farmland just to the west of York is a huge open tip.
      • Instead, the food is cooked over open fires, causing serious deforestation.
      • Smokers crossing the Irish Sea could find themselves banished to the open decks of all ferries to and from the Republic.
      • At the end of the procedure the wound should be washed with copious quantities of saline and then left open.
      • Beside me are open sewers and the debris of a house destroyed three years ago.

    • 11.2(exposed, vulnerable)

      open to sth expuesto a algo
      • to lay / leave oneself open to sth exponerse a algo
      • you're laying yourself open to blackmail te estás exponiendo a que te chantajeen
      • we're leaving ourselves wide open to attack/criticism estamos exponiéndonos a que nos ataquen/critiquen
      • this is open to misunderstanding/abuse esto se presta a malentendidos/a que se cometan abusos
      • he missed an open goal falló con el arco desprotegido
      • His general manner and the way he conducts himself does leave him open to criticism.
      • The case left the Scottish justice system open to claims its fingerprint evidence was unsafe.
      • This rule needs to be amended as it is currently open to abuse by disgruntled minority groups.
      • The unarticulated aims of the movement are, surely, what leaves it open to criticism.
      • His suspension leaves him open to possible victimisation by a brigade that is already trying to impose cuts.
      • The scheme remains entirely voluntary and open to abuse.
      • You'd have to give him credit for going out and playing because he was open to all kinds of criticism.
      • Because of the delay, the election results in the areas affected could now be open to legal challenge.
      • He accepts he used terms in the article that laid him open to criticism.
      • How can it be made easier to do business here, without leaving the system open to even more abuse?
      • As many people could not read or write, the system was open to abuse and corruption.
      • There is no evidence postal ballots are more open to fraud than the current system.
      • Laws that are open to such obvious abuse are bad laws, however good the intentions behind them.
      • It would leave him wide open to the criticism that he has become a liability to the party.
      • That could leave the council open to fresh criticism from Government Ministers.
      • Indeed as it stands, the postal voting system leaves itself open to fraud.
      • She has now withdrawn this claim, leaving her open to possible prosecution for perjury.
      • Senior electoral officers in the city admit the system could be open to abuse.
      • The disease attacks bark, leaving it open to infection, and makes brittle branches prone to fall off.
      • Credit unions are more open to serious bad debt problems than other financial institutions.

transitive verb

  • 1

    (drawer/box/door/parcel) abrir
    (bottle) abrir
    (bottle) destapar
    (mouth/eyes) abrir
    (legs) abrir
    (legs) separar
    (artery/vein) abrir
    (pores) abrir
    (pores) dilatar
    to open ranks abrir filas
    • I have to open the store this morning hoy tengo que abrir yo la tienda
    • it won't keep once it's been opened una vez abierto, no se puede conservar mucho tiempo
  • 2

    (book/newspaper) abrir
    (map) abrir
    (map) desplegar
    open your book at page 10 abre el libro por la página 10 Spain
  • 3

    (clear, remove obstructions from)
    (channel/road) abrir
    this opens the way for further negotiations esto abre las puertas / deja la vía libre a nuevas negociaciones
    • to open one's bowels hacer de vientre
  • 4

    (make accessible, available)
    to open sth to sb/sth abrir algo a algn/algo
    • they have opened the house to the public han abierto la casa al público
    • I should like to open the meeting to our colleagues from France quisiera dar la palabra a nuestros colegas franceses
  • 5

    my trip opened new horizons to me el viaje me abrió nuevos horizontes
  • 6

    (set up, start)
    (department/branch) abrir
    (business/shop) abrir
    (business/shop) poner
    Computing abrir
    Finance abrir
    (dossier) abrir
  • 7

    (declare open)
    (hospital/expressway/exhibition) abrir
    (expressway/hospital/exhibition) inaugurar
  • 8

    (debate) abrir
    (debate) iniciar
    (meeting) abrir
    (meeting) dar comienzo a
    (bidding) iniciar
    (talks/negotiations) entablar
    to open the case for the prosecution hacer la primera presentación por parte de la acusación
    • to open the scoring inaugurar el marcador
    • to open fire on sb/sth abrir fuego contra algn/algo
  • 9

    (make receptive)
    to open sth to sth abrir algo a algo
    • to open one's heart to God abrirle el corazón a Dios
    • you must open your mind to new ideas debes abrirte a nuevas ideas
  • 10

    (turn on)
    (switch) encender

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (wound) abrirse
    (door/window) abrirse
    all of a sudden the door opened and … de pronto se abrió la puerta y …
    • the door won't open no puedo (/ podemos etc. ) abrir la puerta
    • the window opens outward la ventana (se) abre hacia afuera
    • her mouth opened wide with surprise se quedó boquiabierta
    • open wide! abra bien grande
    • suddenly his eyes opened de repente abrió los ojos
    • the heavens / skies opened empezó a diluviar
  • 2

    (flower/bud/map) abrirse
    (parachute) abrirse
  • 3

    (be revealed)
    the plains opened before us la llanura se extendió ante nuestra vista
  • 4

    (give access)
    to open onto / into sth dar a algo
    • the windows open onto the garden las ventanas dan al jardín
    • the door opened into a corridor la puerta daba a un pasillo
  • 5

    (for business)
    (museum/shop) abrir
    what time does the library open? ¿a qué hora abre la biblioteca?
  • 6

    (book/play) comenzar
    (play/book) empezar
    she opened with a high card abrió (el juego) con una carta alta
    • her new movie opens in London next week su nueva película se estrena en Londres la semana próxima
    • the concert opened with the national anthem el concierto comenzó / se inició con el himno nacional


  • 1

    (in the open air)
    in the open al aire libre
    • we spent the night in the open pasamos la noche al aire libre / a la intemperie / al raso
    • I feel better now it's all out in the open me siento mejor ahora que todo el mundo lo sabe
    • to bring sth (out) into the open sacar algo a la luz
    • they were forced to come out into the open with their allegations se vieron obligados a hacer públicas sus acusaciones
  • 2

    abierto masculine
    campeonato abierto masculine
    Open masculine