Definition of openly in US English:



  • Without concealment, deception, or prevarication, especially where these might be expected; frankly or honestly.

    ‘he could no longer speak openly of his problems’
    • ‘One resident has claimed that drug dealing takes place openly near the police station.’
    • ‘Part of the privilege we have as Canadians is that we can express our beliefs openly.’
    • ‘The only way they will be beaten back into the shadows is if these issues are debated properly, and openly.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, industry stalwarts have begun to allege openly that churning is rife.’
    • ‘Many of them wept openly when he publicly renounced Tibet's claim to full independence.’
    • ‘He said his father had talked openly to the family about the asbestos dust he encountered at the factory.’
    • ‘Grown men and women cried openly as they swarmed on to the green sward of Croke Park.’
    • ‘It seems that not to be openly against war is totally uncool at the moment!’
    • ‘I set great store by the fact that we live our lives openly, with as much honesty as possible at all times.’
    • ‘Now we speak openly about things that our parents would blush to see in print.’
    • ‘Later, those who had openly led Russia and its leaders astray came up with a new tale.’
    • ‘To achieve this vision, we have to address areas of weakness honestly and openly.’
    • ‘I do not want to live in a city which cannot celebrate its diversity openly and honestly.’
    • ‘A group of Labour MSPs are now openly campaigning for ministers to relax their plans.’
    • ‘He recognised early on in his writing career that he needed help and has openly sought help with his novels.’
    • ‘Friends and relatives huddled at the end of the hall, teary-eyed or openly crying.’
    • ‘They both broadly agreed with the police view that drugs were not dealt openly in the town.’
    • ‘People are allowed to use drugs openly in the streets, prostitution is legal too.’
    • ‘We also think it is important that such an important issue is debated openly and honestly.’
    • ‘Is it still right for women to enjoy this act of pleasure and talk about it openly.’
    publicly, in public, in full view of people, for all to see, undisguisedly, blatantly, flagrantly, brazenly, with no attempt at concealment, overtly, boldly, audaciously
    frankly, candidly, explicitly, honestly, truly, sincerely, forthrightly, directly, straightforwardly, bluntly, plainly, in plain language, unreservedly, without constraint, truthfully, without dissembling, to someone's face, straight from the shoulder, without beating about the bush, with no holds barred, man to man, woman to woman
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Old English openlīce (see open, -ly).