from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the eyes wide open, as in surprise.
  • adj. Watchful and alert.

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  • adj. alert and vigilant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. With eyes widely open; alert to possible danger; watchful; vigilant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With eyes wide open, as in wonder or watchfulness; watchful; vigilant.

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

  • adj. carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger


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  • In a 2001 speech that has prompted wide debate and is likely to be part of her nomination hearings, Sotomayor, now a judge on a federal appeals court, described her concept of an open-eyed justice: one who aspires to impartiality but cannot be divorced from her gender, ethnicity and upbringing.

    Sotomayor speech at center of court nomination

  • His closing line: "I bow my head to the youth of Iran, the youth that is open-eyed, bold and far stronger and more numerous than the near-beardless vigilantes."

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  • Despite her heavy heart she watched in open-eyed wonder as together they left the Bay of Lost Dolphins, left the jagged rocks of the coast, and headed out to the open sea.

    The Grace of the Foolish « A Fly in Amber

  • The first is a blind mating of the blind; the second, a clear and open-eyed union of male and female who find enough in common to warrant that union.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Attlee is generally a good-natured guide, at once open-eyed and sceptical, but once in a while his equilibrium vanishes.

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  • It would be very wise for us to be open-eyed about Paris' grand designs.

    Amb. Marc Ginsberg: "No Vacancy" at Sarkozy's Club Med

  • He was just as open-eyed towards us and the UCB in this comedy basement as we were to this megawatt star.

    Ross Luippold: Diddy Makes His Live Comedy Debut

  • The open-eyed wonderment conveyed by this passage cannot, for me, mitigate the otherwise bland prose and the cloying and cliched effect it produces.

    Genre Fiction

  • Back in Beijing, China's leaders must be smiling as they watch Washington walk open-eyed into another potential quagmire.

    Sadia Ahsanuddin: In the Name of Responsibility

  • The spectral forms of the lost pack were all about him as he sang and ran in open-eyed dream; the violinist paused in surprise; the men poked the monkey leader of the monkey orchestra and whirled him about wildly raging on his revolving stool; and Johnny laughed.



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