open, verb

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1. transitive. [Calqued on Afrikaans oopmaak.] To turn on (a tap).
1974 A.P. Brink Looking on Darkness 287Every now and then I opened the tap to add some more hot water.
1988 D. Samuelson in Fair Lady 16 Mar. 124When the big taps were opened the water rushed out with great force.
2. intransitive. [from open adjective] To become accessible to people of all ethnic groups.
1990 Weekend Post 8 Dec. 3Of 97 schools in the Cape School Board area,..68 had applied to hold polls and 62 had voted to open.
1991 Style Mar. 119People are associating more freely, schools are opening, and the Group Areas Act is showing distinct signs of self-destruction.
To turn on (a tap).
To become accessible to people of all ethnic groups.

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