Definition of open-ended in English:


(also open-end)


  • 1Having no determined limit or boundary.

    ‘the return invitation was open-ended’
    • ‘But no obligation of this kind can be open-ended and without limit of time.’
    • ‘The other reason I make this statement is because a week before this book landed on my desk, I had bought an open-end ticket to Ireland and gave notice of my intention to quit my job.’
    • ‘This procedure uses an open-end interval to list a series of housing units.’
    • ‘But it would resist pressure to swap an open-ended mandate for a fixed date for withdrawal.’
    • ‘These also calculate a NAV in much the same way as the open-end fund.’
    • ‘The open-end document will enter into force on the first day of the second month after its signing.’
    • ‘China is launching its first open-end investment fund.’
    • ‘Perhaps the easiest way to understand the mechanics of closed-end mutual funds is via a comparison to the open-end mutual funds with which most investors are familiar.’
    • ‘You don't want to have an endless open-end part of the agreement.’
    • ‘With an open-end lease (also known as an equity lease), you must purchase the car at the end of the lease period for a predetermined amount.’
    • ‘Some closed-end funds are converted into open-end funds.’
    • ‘This key structural difference makes the holdings in closed-end portfolios much less vulnerable to the waves of buying and redemptions that sometimes characterize open-end funds.’
    • ‘That leaves the more familiar open-end mutual funds.’
    • ‘‘He wasn't in favour of giving an open-ended commitment but we will be able to avoid that,’ a source said.’
    • ‘These helped further to encourage open-ended arms competition and limited the search for areas of mutual co-operation.’
    • ‘Another reason that's typically given: Most closed-end funds don't liquidate or convert to open-end funds, so it makes no sense that their share prices should reflect that.’
    • ‘The deal is open-ended, with no limits in terms of duration or cost.’
    • ‘Closing funds are open-end funds that have decided no longer to accept money from new investors (investors who do not currently own any shares in the fund).’
    • ‘I also manage an open-end mutual fund, the Prudent Bear Fund, which was the top performing mutual fund in the country in the 3rd quarter.’
    • ‘Scarborough Council said its agreement with him has already been extended until December and is fairly open-ended to continue beyond that.’
    1. 1.1(of a question) allowing the formulation of any answer, rather than a selection from a set of possible answers.
      ‘the interview includes both open-ended and multiple-choice questions’
      • ‘First, you need to ask open-ended questions, the kind that can't be answered just with a yes or no.’
      • ‘The use of open-ended questions gave specific information on what the students were getting from the text.’
      • ‘Staff who use open-ended questions or statements allow the child to express the primary emphasis.’
      • ‘To gather more information, use open-ended questions or ones which require complete answers.’
      • ‘Therefore an open-ended question appeared at the end for that purpose.’
      • ‘Major themes were determined from answers to open-ended questions in a questionnaire.’
      • ‘Each knowledge item was developed to assess a specific workshop objective and is an open-ended question.’
      • ‘Thirty-seven patients had comments in response to the open-ended question at both interviews.’
      • ‘The responses to the open-ended questions were placed into categories to determine percentages.’
      • ‘The idea is to use an open-ended question that lets other participate.’
      • ‘At the end of each section, an open-ended question can allow a member to expand on that area.’
      • ‘I tend to ask open-ended questions, and I also put candidates into hypothetical situations.’
      • ‘Answers to open-ended questions were categorized into major themes before being analyzed.’
      • ‘The interview format with open-ended questions allowed for a great deal of freedom in responding.’
      • ‘As the question was open-ended the participant could identify multiple sources.’
      • ‘A question that can be answered with yes or no is not an open-ended question.’
      • ‘In this method, the selected article is distributed with accompanying open-ended questions.’
      • ‘The youth interviews included both a series of structured questions and a series of open-ended questions.’
      • ‘The third open-ended question was on how a Spanish-speaking child would do in a mainstream classroom.’
      • ‘Asking young children only open-ended questions may produce answers that are usually brief and incomplete.’



/ˈōpən ˌendəd/