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UK [dɔː(r)] / US [dɔr] noun [countable]
Word forms "door":
singular door plural doors
a) a large flat object that you open when you want to enter or leave a building, room, or vehicle

a little cottage with a red door

The door creaked slowly open.

There was a draught coming from under the door.

open/close/shut the door:

The police officer told him to open the car door.

Shut the door – it's cold in here!

knock on the door (= so that someone knows you are there):

I knocked on the door and a voice answered "Come in".

be at the door (= be outside the door to someone's house):

There's someone at the door.

answer/get the door (= go to your door to see who is there):

Go and answer the door, will you?

bang/slam the door (= close it noisily):

He ran out, slamming the door behind him.

door to/into:

The door to the kitchen was open.

back/front/side etc door:

Be sure to lock the back door when you leave.

bedroom/shed/car etc door:

The bathroom door was shut.

b) the space created when you open a door

A strange figure suddenly came through the door.

come in the door:

I'd just come in the door when the phone rang.

out the door:

Anne got out the door as quickly as she could when she saw him there.

2) an opportunity to do something, or a possibility that something will happen
door to:

For these young men, a sports career can be a door to fame and fortune.

open doors (for someone) (= create opportunities):

This new job has really opened a lot of doors for her.

open the door to something (= make it possible):

This decision could open the door to higher costs.

close/shut the door on something (= make it impossible):

The government is reluctant to shut the door on these proposals.

as/when one door closes, another one opens — used for saying that even though you have lost an opportunity to do one thing, an opportunity to do something else has appeared

(from) door to door — used for talking about the total length of a journey from the place where you start to the place where you arrive; going to all the houses in an area, for example trying to sell things or asking for information or votes

The flight itself is only two hours, but it takes about five hours door to door.

get your foot/toe in the door — to get an opportunity to start working in an organization or business, especially when this will give you more opportunities in the future

She got her foot in the door working as a researcher on a TV show.

open its/the doors — if a building, organization, or country opens its doors, it allows people to enter, especially for the first time

open its/the doors to:

The country has slowly opened its doors to new immigrants.

shut/slam the door in someone's face — to close a door violently when someone is about to come into a room; to rudely tell or show someone that you are not interested in listening to their opinion or in helping them

He's had the door slammed in his face by every publisher in town.

two/a few etc doors down/up/along — used for saying how many rooms or houses you need to count before you come to the room or house you are talking about

His office is three doors down from mine.


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  • door — W1S1 [do: US do:r] n [: Old English; Origin: duru door and dor gate ] 1.) the large flat piece of wood, glass etc that you open and close when you go into or out of a building, room, vehicle etc, or when you open a cupboard →↑gate open/close/shut …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • door — [ dɔr ] noun count *** 1. ) a large flat object you open when you want to enter or leave a building, room, or vehicle: a little house with a red door The door creaked slowly open. There was a draft coming from under the door. open/close/shut the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Door — Door, n. [OE. dore, dure, AS. duru; akin to OS. dura, dor, D. deur, OHG. turi, door, tor gate, G. th[ u]r, thor, Icel. dyrr, Dan. d[ o]r, Sw. d[ o]rr, Goth. daur, Lith. durys, Russ. dvere, Olr. dorus, L. fores, Gr. ?; cf. Skr. dur, dv[=a]ra.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • door — door, gate, portal, postern, doorway, gateway are comparable chiefly as meaning an entrance to a place. Door applies chiefly to the movable and usually swinging barrier which is set in the opening which serves as an entrance to a building or to a …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • door — door; door·brand; door·less; door·man; door·stead; door·ward; in·door; maz·door; out·door; tan·door; door·wards; ten·door; …   English syllables

  • door — [dôr] n. [ME dure, dor < OE duru fem. (orig., pair of doors), dor neut., akin to Ger tür, door, tor, gate < IE base * dhwer , *dhwor , door > L fores (pl. of foris), two leaved door, Gr thyra, door (in pl., double door)] 1. a movable… …   English World dictionary

  • door — M.E. merger of O.E. dor (neut.; pl. doru) large door, gate, and O.E. duru (fem., pl. dura) door, gate, wicket, both from P.Gmc. *dur (Cf. O.S. duru, O.N. dyrr, Dan. dèr, O.Fris. dure, O.H.G. turi, Ger. Tür), from PIE …   Etymology dictionary

  • Door — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Anton Door (1833–1919), Wiener Konzertpianist Daisy Door (* 1943; eigentlich Evelyn van Ophuisen), deutsche Schlagersängerin Door bezeichnet weiterhin: Door County, einen County im US Bundesstaat Wisconsin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • door — ► NOUN 1) a movable barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard. 2) the distance from one building in a row to another: he lived two doors away. ● lay at someone s door Cf. ↑lay at someone s door ●… …   English terms dictionary

  • Door — (spr. Dohr), Grafschaft im Staate Wisconsin von Nordamerika, 19 QM., eine Halbinsel zwischen dem Michigan See u. der Green Bai bildend; erst 1850 von der Grafschaft Brown getrennt; Hauptort: Gibraltar …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Door — Door, Anton, Pianist, geb. 20. Juni 1833 in Wien, Schüler von Czerny und S. Sechter, konzertierte bereits 1850 erfolgreich in Baden Baden und Wiesbaden, dann mit Ludwig Straus in Italien, bereiste 1856–57 Skandinavien und wurde in Stockholm zum… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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