open up

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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to undo)
a. abrir
Why don't you open the box up and see what's inside?¿Por qué no abres la caja para ver qué hay dentro?
2. (to make accessible)
a. abrir (possibilities, markets)
Technology opens up new opportunities for innovators.La tecnología abre nuevas oportunidades para los innovadores.
3. (to create)
a. abrir (route, gap, lead)
The airline has opened up new routes to Central Asia.La aerolínea abrió nuevas rutas a Asia Central.
4. (to set up)
a. abrir
Did you see that new restaurant they've opened up near the station?¿Has visto ese nuevo restaurante que abrieron cerca de la estación?
b. poner
The first-year profits enabled us to open up another store downtown.Las ganancias del primer año nos permitieron poner otra tienda en el centro.
5. (to make wider)
a. abrir (space, wound)
We wanted to open up the cramped-looking interior, so we knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room.Queríamos abrir el interior que daba una impresión de un espacio muy reducido, así que tiramos abajo la pared que separaba la cocina y el comedor.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(medicine)
a. abrir
I'm afraid we're going to have to open you up to find out what the problem is.Me temo que tendremos que abrirte para averiguar cuál es el problema.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
7. (to become accessible)
a. abrirse
With this takeover, some interesting prospects might open up within the company.Con esta adquisición, puede que se abran perspectivas interesantes dentro de la empresa.
8. (to open the door)
a. abrir
Open up! I know you're in there!¡Abre! ¡Sé que estás ahí dentro!
9. (to become wider)
a. abrirse
Huge cracks opened up in the streets as the earthquake took hold.Se abrieron grietas enormes en las calles a medida que se desarrollaba el terremoto.
10. (to unfurl)
a. abrirse
The flowers open up during the day and close again at dusk.Las flores se abren durante el día y vuelven a cerrarse al atardecer.
11.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to talk freely)
a. abrirse
The actor only recently opened up about the abuse he suffered as a child.Recién hace poco el actor se abrió acerca de los malos tratos que sufrió de niño.
b. confiarse
If you opened up to people a little more, they'd be more understanding.Si te confiaras un poco más a las personas, se mostrarían más comprensivas.
c. sincerarse
After a few therapy sessions, he finally opened up to the group.Tras algunas sesiones de terapia, al final se sinceró con el grupo.
12. (commerce)
a. abrir
With the redevelopment of the port area, all sorts of new businesses are opening up.Con la urbanización de la zona portuaria, todo tipo de negocios nuevos están abriendo.
13. (to open fire)
a. abrir fuego
The first man to open up was shot down by the enemy.El primero en abrir fuego fue abatido por el enemigo.
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open up
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (new shop, business)
a. abrir
to o up opportunities forabrir las puertas a, presentar nuevas oportunidades para
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (shopkeeper, new shop)
a. abrir
3. (flower, new market)
a. abrirse
4. (fig)
a. abrirse, sincerarse (person)
this is the police — o up!¡policía, abran la puerta!
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open up
transitive verb
1 [+box, jacket] abrir; [+map] extender; desplegar
2 [+house, shop] abrir
3 [+new business] abrir; poner
4 [+route] abrir; [+blocked road] franquear; despejar; [+country] explorar; [+secret, new vista] revelar; [+new possibility] crear
to open up a market abrirse un mercado; conquistar un mercado; to open up a country for trade incorporar un país al comercio; when the oilfield was opened up cuando se empezó a explotar el campo petrolífero
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 [+flower] abrirse; [+new shop, business] abrir; inaugurarse
open up! ¡abran!; (police order) ¡abran a la autoridad!
2 [+prospects etc] abrirse; desplegarse
3 (emotionally) abrirse; confiarse
4 (Mil) (start shooting) romper el fuego
5 (accelerate) [+car] acelerar (a fondo)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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