Ajar vs. Open

Ajar vs. Open — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Ajar and Open

Ajaradverb

Partially opened

left the door ajar.

Openadjective

Affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed.

Ajaradverb

Slightly turned or opened.

The door was standing ajar.

Openadjective

Affording unobstructed passage or view

open waters.the open countryside.

Ajaradverb

(archaic) Out of harmony.

Openadjective

Having no protecting or concealing cover

an open wound.an open sports car.

Ajaradverb

Being at variance or in contradiction to something.

Openadjective

Completely obvious; blatant

open disregard of the law.

Ajaradjective

Slightly turned or opened.

The door is ajar.

Openadjective

Carried on in full view of others; not hidden or private

open warfare.open family strife.

Ajarverb

To turn or open slightly; to become ajar or to cause to become ajar; to be or to hang ajar.

Openadjective

(Sports) Not defended or not closely defended by an opponent

an open goal.an open receiver.

Ajarverb

To show variance or contradiction with something; to be or cause to be askew.

Openadjective

Not sealed or tied

an open envelope.

Ajaradjective

slightly open;

the door was ajar

Openadjective

Spread out; unfolded

an open book.

Openadjective

Having interspersed gaps, spaces, or intervals

open ranks.an open weave.

Openadjective

Accessible to all; unrestricted as to participants

an open competition.

Openadjective

Free from limitations, boundaries, or restrictions

open registration.

Openadjective

Enterable by registered voters regardless of political affiliation

an open primary.

Openadjective

(Computers) Of or relating to a file that can be accessed.

Openadjective

Lacking effective regulation

an open town in which gambling predominated.

Openadjective

Not legally repressed

open drug trafficking.

Openadjective

Susceptible; vulnerable

open to interpretation.an issue that is open to question.

Openadjective

Willing to consider or deal with something

open to suggestions.

Openadjective

Available; obtainable

The job is still open.

Openadjective

Available for use

an open account.the only course open to us.

Openadjective

Ready to transact business

The store is open.

Openadjective

Not engaged or filled

has an open hour for emergency cases.

Openadjective

Not yet decided; subject to further thought

an open question.

Openadjective

Characterized by lack of secrecy or reserve; candid

Please be open with me.

Openadjective

(not comparable) Not closed; accessible; unimpeded.

Turn left after the second open door.It was as if his body had gone to sleep standing up and with his eyes open.

Openadjective

Not drawn together, closed, or contracted; extended; expanded.

an open hand; an open flower; an open prospect

Openadjective

(not comparable) Actively conducting or prepared to conduct business.

Banks are not open on bank holidays.

Openadjective

(comparable) Receptive.

I am open to new ideas.

Openadjective

(not comparable) Public

He published an open letter to the governor on a full page of the New York Times.

Openadjective

(not comparable) Candid, ingenuous, not subtle in character.

The man is an open book.

Openadjective

Having a free variable.

Openadjective

Which is part of a predefined collection of subsets of X, that defines a topological space on X.

Openadjective

Whose first and last vertices are different.

Openadjective

In current use; mapped to part of memory.

I couldn't save my changes because another user had the same file open.

Openadjective

(business) Not fulfilled.

I've got open orders for as many containers of red durum as you can get me.

Openadjective

Not settled or adjusted; not decided or determined; not closed or withdrawn from consideration.

an open questionto keep an offer or opportunity open

Openadjective

Without any fingers pressing the string against the fingerboard.

Openadjective

Not of a quality to prevent communication, as by closing waterways, blocking roads, etc.; hence, not frosty or inclement; mild; used of the weather or the climate.

an open winter

Openadjective

(phonetics) Uttered with a relatively wide opening of the articulating organs; said of vowels.

Openadjective

(phonetics) Uttered, as a consonant, with the oral passage simply narrowed without closure.

Openadjective

That ends in a vowel; not having a coda.

Openadjective

(computing) Made public, usable with a free licence.

Openadjective

(medicine) Resulting from an incision, puncture or any other process by which the skin no longer protects an internal part of the body.

Openverb

(transitive) To make something accessible or allow for passage by moving from a shut position.

Turn the doorknob to open the door.

Openverb

(transitive) To make (an open space, etc.) by clearing away an obstacle or obstacles, in order to allow for passage, access, or visibility.

He opened a path through the undergrowth.

Openverb

(transitive) To bring up, broach.

I don't want to open that subject.

Openverb

(transitive) To enter upon, begin.

to open a discussionto open fire upon an enemyto open trade, or correspondenceto open a case in court, or a meeting

Openverb

(transitive) To spread; to expand into an open or loose position.

to open a closed fistto open matted cotton by separating the fibresto open a map, book, or scroll

Openverb

(transitive) To make accessible to customers or clients.

I will open the shop an hour early tomorrow.

Openverb

(transitive) To start (a campaign).

Vermont will open elk hunting season next week.

Openverb

(intransitive) To become open.

The door opened all by itself.

Openverb

(intransitive) To begin conducting business.

The shop opens at 9:00.

Openverb

To begin a side's innings as one of the first two batsmen.

Openverb

To bet before any other player has in a particular betting round in a game of poker.

After the first two players fold, Julie opens for $5.

Openverb

To reveal one's hand.

Jeff opens his hand revealing a straight flush.

Openverb

To load into memory for viewing or editing.

Openverb

(obsolete) To disclose; to reveal; to interpret; to explain.

Opennoun

A sports event in which anybody can compete; as, the Australian Open.

Opennoun

(electronics) A wire that is broken midway.

The electrician found the open in the circuit after a few minutes of testing.

Opennoun

(with the) Open or unobstructed space; an exposed location.

I can't believe you left the lawnmower out in the open when you knew it was going to rain this afternoon!Wary of hunters, the fleeing deer kept well out of the open, dodging instead from thicket to thicket.

Opennoun

(with the) Public knowledge or scrutiny; full view.

We have got to bring this company's corrupt business practices into the open.

Opennoun

a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water;

finally broke out of the forest into the open

Opennoun

where the air is unconfined;

he wanted to get outdoors a littlethe concert was held in the open aircamping in the open

Opennoun

a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play

Opennoun

information that has become public;

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

Openverb

cause to open or to become open;

Mary opened the car door

Openverb

start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning;

open a business

Openverb

become open;

The door opened

Openverb

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

He opened the meeting with a long speech

Openverb

spread out or open from a closed or folded state;

open the mapspread your arms

Openverb

make available;

This opens up new possibilities

Openverb

become available;

an opportunity opened up

Openverb

have an opening or passage or outlet;

The bedrooms open into the hall

Openverb

make the opening move;

Kasparov opened with a standard opening

Openverb

afford access to;

the door opens to the patioThe French doors give onto a terrace

Openverb

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

Openadjective

affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed;

an open doorthey left the door open

Openadjective

affording free passage or access;

open drainsthe road is open to trafficopen ranks

Openadjective

with no protection or shield;

the exposed northeast frontieropen to the weatheran open wound

Openadjective

open to or in view of all;

an open protestan open letter to the editor

Openadjective

used of mouth or eyes;

keep your eyes openhis mouth slightly opened

Openadjective

not having been filled;

the job is still open

Openadjective

accessible to all;

open seasonan open economy

Openadjective

not defended or capable of being defended;

an open cityopen to attack

Openadjective

(of textures) full of small openings or gaps;

an open texturea loose weave

Openadjective

having no protecting cover or enclosure;

an open boatan open fireopen sports cars

Openadjective

opened out;

an open newspaper

Openadjective

of a set; containing points whose neighborhood consists of other points of the same set, or being the complement of an open set; of an interval; containing neither of its end points

Openadjective

not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought;

an open questionour position on this bill is still undecidedour lawsuit is still undetermined

Openadjective

not sealed or having been unsealed;

the letter was already openthe opened package lay on the table

Openadjective

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

the clarity and resonance of an open toneher natural and open response

Openadjective

relatively empty of and unobstructed by fences or hedges or headlands or shoals;

in open countrythe open countrysideopen waterson the open seas

Openadjective

open and observable; not secret or hidden;

an overt lieovert hostilityovert intelligence gathering

Openadjective

used of string or hole or pipe of instruments

Openadjective

not requiring union membership;

an open shop employs nonunion workers

Openadjective

possibly accepting or permitting;

a passage capable of misinterpretationopen to interpretationan issue open to questionthe time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation

Openadjective

not secret;

open plansan open ballot

Openadjective

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious;

open disregard of the lawopen family strifeopen hostilitya blatant appeal to vanitya blazing indiscretion

Openadjective

affording free passage or view;

a clear viewa clear path to victory

Openadjective

lax in enforcing laws;

an open town

Openadjective

openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness;

his candid eyesan open and trusting naturea heart-to-heart talk

Openadjective

sincere and free of reserve in expression;

Please be open with me

Openadjective

receptive to new ideas;

an open mindopen to new ideas

Openadjective

ready for business;

the stores are open