Definition of door in English:



  • 1A hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard.

    ‘she looked for her key and opened the door’
    figurative ‘that audition was the door to all my future successes’
    • ‘Two sets of sliding patio doors lead to the conservatory.’
    • ‘The elevator doors slide open in front of us, giving me time to think about my next question.’
    • ‘She quickly got up off the couch and walked towards the closed bedroom door.’
    • ‘Use broom handles to wedge sliding glass doors shut.’
    • ‘Just as everything seemed peaceful, the locked doors swung open and slammed against the walls behind them.’
    • ‘I crept along the cold wooden floor and saw that the door was ajar.’
    • ‘A dark chamber with a large oaken door at one end looks all the more malevolent in the flickering torchlight.’
    • ‘I was interrupted yet again by the stupid door banging against the wall.’
    • ‘She had to take her door off the hinges to fit it inside her apartment.’
    • ‘Their conversation was interrupted by the door creaking open.’
    • ‘She unlocked the wooden door to the hotel room, sighing as she stepped inside.’
    • ‘There's a sort of resolution when the vehicle stops, the doors are flung open and a shot is heard.’
    • ‘They threw me back against the metal garage door hard.’
    • ‘The guard pointed to the chairs and left, the heavy oak door slamming behind him.’
    • ‘The heavy oak doors slammed closed behind him, the noise echoing in the vast chamber.’
    • ‘Christopher released a deep breath and slightly shook his head as he unlocked the wooden double doors.’
    • ‘The heavy double glass doors lead them into the office area.’
    • ‘After a minute, the patio door swung open.’
    • ‘Just before you get to the unlocked door at the end of the hall you will see a crate.’
    • ‘I slid the closet door shut just as the room was illuminated with light.’
    1. 1.1 A doorway.
      ‘she walked through the door’
      • ‘Putting on their new album is like walking through the doors of a bar and being hit by the buzz of a band at full tilt.’
      • ‘Walking through the hallowed doors you are greeted by the creme de la creme of beauty products.’
      • ‘Customers are offered a drink soon after they walk through the doors.’
      • ‘He'll walk through the door with a bunch of seasonal flowers in his hands which he proffers with a kiss.’
      • ‘Then between five and six he's out the door for a walk or on the exercise machine for a workout.’
      • ‘But as soon as he walked through the door he was summoned to the office and sent home.’
      • ‘The first thing that struck me when I walked through the door was the average age of the clientele.’
      • ‘When he walks in the door, he reads a simple red and white document that's on his desk.’
      • ‘When I walked through the doors I was clean and smart and keen to get on a ladder for a career in nursing.’
      • ‘To leave the game last night, you had to pass through a revolving metal door.’
      • ‘I rise from the chair, take off the glasses, flick the lightswitch on and walk out of the door.’
      • ‘You never know what task is going to be thrown at you when you walk through the office doors.’
      • ‘Four long low tables lie to the left as you walk in the door.’
      • ‘He just slammed through the door and just walked straight over to where my teller was.’
      • ‘You slip your coat on, walk out the door and into the waiting arms of store security.’
      • ‘We kept expecting him to walk through the door with a big smile on his face, talking about his adventure.’
      • ‘I go through a door and walk past the second pool, which is exactly the same, if a little grander.’
      • ‘Okay, it might be consistently bad, but at least you know what to expect when you walk through the doors.’
      • ‘Walking through the doors is not quite like stepping into one of those little tavernas, it has to be said.’
      • ‘Our aim is to please and enchant each and very patron who walks through the doors.’
      doorway, portal, opening, hatch, entrance, entry, exit, egress
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    2. 1.2 Used to refer to the distance from one building in a row to another.
      ‘he lives just a few doors away from the Strongs’
      • ‘They live four doors away, and would like a bigger house in the same area.’
      • ‘They once shared a flat and although they now have separate houses, still live only a few doors away from each other.’
      • ‘You really like that sweet old lady who lives two doors down, and her dog is cool too.’
      • ‘The pair live just doors away from each other, and have enjoyed several dinner dates together.’
      • ‘A botanist who lived two doors down, a lovely man, taught him all the Latin names for the different woods.’
      • ‘The couple lived together just two doors away and when police went to the house he was hiding upstairs.’
      • ‘One resident who lives two doors away defiantly said he would oppose any plans to redevelop the area.’
      • ‘He lived just a few doors away from me as I was growing up.’


  • as one door closes, another opens

    • proverb You shouldn't be discouraged by failure, as other opportunities will soon present themselves.

      • ‘Yet sometimes, as one door closes, another opens, and about 18 months ago it unexpectedly started finding new local markets and expanding.’
      • ‘As with so many things in life, as one door closes, another opens.’
      • ‘It's about two weeks to the close of the cod season, but as they say in the classics, as one door closes, another opens.’
      • ‘So with plans for reusable rockets moving ahead, perhaps as one door closes, another opens.’
  • at the door

    • On admission to an event rather than in advance.

      ‘tickets will be available at the door’
      • ‘Organisers were expecting quite a few spectators to turn up to buy tickets at the door.’
      • ‘Tickets are on sale at the door and there will be a bar exemption in place for the night.’
      • ‘Here, a live band was playing which meant a cover was being charged at the door.’
      • ‘Tickets are not being sold for this event but we do ask for your generosity at the door.’
  • close (or shut) the door on (or to)

    • Exclude the opportunity for.

      ‘she had closed the door on ever finding out what he was feeling’
      • ‘It is certainly not something I would close the door on.’
      • ‘If you allow yourself to be categorized, you're shutting the door to so many fabulous opportunities.’
      • ‘Have we actually now closed the door on 30,000 young people getting into the forestry industry?’
      • ‘However, he believed the members were more than happy to consider being part of such a scheme as they never closed the door on any competitive opportunity.’
      • ‘This may be good news for some older employees but for others it will close the door to an opportunity they would not like to miss.’
  • (from) door to door

    • 1From start to finish of a journey.

      ‘the trip from door to door could take more than four hours’
      • ‘I remember taking the train and tube, a journey that probably took over an hour from door to door.’
      • ‘In his previous career, he used to commute into the West End of London from Guildford, a journey of an hour and a half door to door.’
      • ‘It's about twenty minutes door to door, the journey between work and home.’
      • ‘My journey, door to door, by underground also takes an hour as I have a 15 minute walk to the station and a 10 minute walk at the other end.’
      • ‘That one required a twelve hour journey, door to door.’
      • ‘There is now an excellent route planner provided, which can direct you from door to door when undertaking an unfamiliar journey.’
      • ‘I live in Hendon and its a long 50 minute journey from door to door.’
      • ‘In other words, they are dealing with people's door to door journeys.’
      • ‘It also points out that regular commuter challenges consistently show that cycling is the fastest option, door to door, during rush hour for typical work journeys.’
      • ‘After a door to door journey of about 19 hours, I arrived back in London yesterday evening.’
    • 2Visiting all the houses in an area to sell or publicize something.

      ‘he went from door to door selling insurance policies’
      as modifier ‘a door-to-door salesman’
      • ‘The problem comes from some cowboys who sell door to door or the remedies you often see advertised in magazines.’
      • ‘The court was told the landlord ran a business selling door to door products in the area and had men from the north west of England who worked for him.’
      • ‘As some companies launch aggressive door to door consumer selling campaigns, with salesmen with little accountability, we fear even larger scale hassle for customers.’
      • ‘The fundraising committee will be selling the book door to door in the area over the next two weeks.’
      • ‘Tickets will be sold door to door in the area.’
      • ‘I was then a vacuum cleaner salesman for 2 years, selling vacuum cleaners door to door.’
      • ‘It had been founded by an Irish farmer's son, who sold books door to door and began offering his customers perfume, which he made at home in a room the size of a kitchen pantry.’
      • ‘Other salesmen called to sell door to door, like the linen man, who brought a van full of household linen.’
      • ‘We believe that the bushes are being sold door to door on estates in the area.’
      • ‘It was thought they were being sold door to door in the area.’
  • lay something at someone's door

    • Regard someone as responsible for something.

      ‘the failure is laid at the door of the government’
      • ‘Not all the blame for the sell-off in bonds and the resultant yield rises can be laid at his door.’
      • ‘The report laid the blame at his door for ‘errors, omissions, failures and shortcomings which are deeply shocking’.’
      • ‘Whatever accusations have been laid at his door, deception has not been one of them.’
      • ‘Our national broadcaster, the other day, sought to lay the blame at his door.’
      • ‘I do not lay the blame solely at his door for the recent disappointments that have beset English football.’
      • ‘‘This single issue will be laid at their door at the next election,’ he said.’
      • ‘And since he has accepted full responsibility for the way the issue was presented, we are justified in laying the blame at his door.’
      • ‘For him to lay the blame at the media's door is a nonsense.’
      • ‘The union has been quick to lay the blame at his door.’
      • ‘Sensing that she really could ‘fly,‘he gave her a chance to contend for the gold, fully aware that should she fail all the blame would be laid at his door.’
      blame something on, lay the blame for something on, attribute something to, impute something to, ascribe something to
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  • leave the door open

    • Ensure that there is still an opportunity for something.

      ‘he is leaving the door open for future change’
      • ‘The council also took the chance to reiterate its opposition to any expansion of Heathrow airport, but is worried that the mayor has left the door open with ambiguous language.’
      • ‘Continuation practice that leaves the door open to future applications creates patent-expansion opportunities and is an attractive inducement for investment.’
      • ‘It has left the door open to a possible peaceful resolution to the present predicament.’
      • ‘He's also left the door open to possibly direct the new picture.’
      • ‘We establish a level of trust, which leaves the door open for other future opportunities.’
  • make a better door than a window

    • dialect Block someone's access to or view of something; be in the way.

      ‘step aside, honey, you make a better door than a window’
  • on the door

    • 1Monitoring admission to a building or event.

      ‘the uniformed commissionaires on the door’
      • ‘The course provides the training needed to gain a licence to work on the door.’
      • ‘I managed to jump the first four queues after explaining the situation to the bloke on the door.’
      • ‘We've got staff on the door, we've had a membership scheme and we use plastic glasses.’
      • ‘A few tickets had been bought in advance on a no refund basis but most people had bought them on the door.’
      • ‘I was on the door in a glittery black dress, handing out champagne, when my mobile rang.’
    • 2On admission to an event rather than in advance.

      ‘they were going that night to try and buy tickets on the door for a comedy show’
  • open doors (or the door)

    • Create opportunities for success.

      ‘even a small effort to speak a local language can open doors’
      ‘internships can open doors for college students’
      ‘her research has opened the door to a deeper understanding of the subject’
      • ‘The event opened doors for designers to showcase their creativity.’
      • ‘He can never lose his temper, or he will lose this grand opportunity to open doors for other minorities.’
      • ‘He hopes his case could open doors for many others like him.’
      • ‘This person can help open doors for you in the future, but as with any long-term relationship, don't rush it.’
      • ‘He shared the principal's vision that technology, implemented properly, can help open doors for children.’
      • ‘We have created a curriculum that will open doors for our students to get them their next step into higher apprenticeships, higher education, or employment.’
      • ‘The tuition waiver for children raised in care was pioneered to open doors for kids without family or financial support to attend university.’
      • ‘They challenged taboos and opened doors for future women to share their own stories.’
      • ‘We open doors for innovative businesswomen by providing invaluable access to international contacts, networks and opportunities without them having to leave Australia.’
      • ‘The policies are at odds with other countries that are opening doors for entrepreneurs.’
      • ‘Social media has opened doors for these businesses achieve better success in marketing.’
      • ‘The fictional Rosie became a symbol of how the war opened doors for American women to enter factories and take on labour jobs previously reserved for men.’
  • out of doors

    • In or into the open air.

      ‘food tastes even better out of doors’
      • ‘The safety order was granted for three months until June 11 and also bans the nine-year-old from being out of doors between 8pm and 7am.’
      • ‘It was a truly beautiful day today, with plenty of sun, blue sky, fluffy white clouds, spring flowers together with the very earliest of bright summer blooms and everything that calls you out of doors.’
      • ‘If you're nearby and able to venture out of doors, however, you might want to come by this conference.’
      • ‘And, with the nicest August weather DC residents could possibly ask for, I'm distracted by the out of doors.’
      • ‘The fact the scene was unfolding out of doors, in a public area, with little cover or way of hemming the suspect in, also made the scenario much more difficult to handle, he said.’
      • ‘I was very, very nervous to venture out of doors on the bike.’
      • ‘The promoters advise that the secret of avoiding food poisoning is no secret at all - it lies in good hygiene practice in kitchens and out of doors where food is prepared and cooked.’
      • ‘I was acclimatizing myself to being out of doors.’
      • ‘The play takes on a particular resonance when it is acted out of doors.’
      • ‘It's intended primarily for use in the car, and out of doors, allowing me to make audio notes from the inspiration particles that hit me when I'm unable to reach for pencil and paper.’
      outside, outdoors, out, in the open air, into the open air, al fresco, out of the house
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Old English duru, dor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deur ‘door’ and German Tür ‘door’, Tor ‘gate’; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin foris ‘gate’ and Greek thura ‘door’.