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  • v. To open.
  • v. To reveal oneself; to become communicative.
  • v. To commence firing weapons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
  • v. make available
  • v. open up an area or prepare a way
  • v. become available
  • v. cause to open or to become open
  • v. talk freely and without inhibition
  • v. become open


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  • That just might open up random-evolutionary possibilities.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • Well, de Bono suggested that to solve a problem, the thinker should relate the problem at hand to a random input, such as a word chosen by chance in a dictionary, and then see if he can, by connecting the two, open up a new approach to the situation.

    Creative Couplings

  • Mr. Moron says the mere fact that Mr. Humala has discussed changing established rules to financial and tax systems is having a chilling effect on investment, as business fears Mr. Humala will open up a Pandora's box.

    Peru Votes in Divisive Runoff for President

  • He won election to the board of the Council on Foreign Relations by exploiting a new nomination-by-petition procedure designed to open up that old boy organizationone that had been recommended, interestingly, by a Council committee headed by Cyrus Vance.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • With the 2005 Canadian Ironman coming up on August 28, my goal was to open up a new age group for women seventy-five to seventy-nine, a group that had never before existed at an Ironman distance of 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run.

    The Grace to Race

  • A fivethousand-rupiah bribe to the ticket agent might open up some space.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • A half mile later, several side canyons drop into the Main Fork where we are walking, as the walls open up to reveal the sky and a more distant perspective of the cliffs downcanyon.

    127 Hours

  • Nixon and Kissinger were deeply distrustful of the State Department, which led them to open up their own channels to Moscow, Beijing, and Hanoinot always with happy results.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Once the bunker was sealed, it would open up only once more: the next morning, when the three prion-emitting devices were ready and their bearers were sent off to LAX, Kennedy Airport, and Heathrow in London.

    The Ark

  • The Corsis as a rule never were ones to open up with conversation around the family dinner table, so typically it fell to Ulrika to pepper their talk with loaded questions or open-ended statements that no one dared avoid.



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