noun (C)
1 the large flat object that you open and close at the entrance to a building, room, vehicle etc: open/close/shut/slam the door: Could you open the door for me? | Close the door behind you. | knock on/at the door: Knock on the door and see if they're home. | kitchen/bathroom/bedroom etc door: Dont't forget to lock the office door. | front/back/side door: Is the front door open? | revolving/sliding/swing doors: Nathan got stuck in the revolving doors!
—compare gate 1 (1)
2 the space made by an open door; doorway: Rick turned around and ran out of the door. | I glanced through the open door.
3 at the door if someone is at the door they are waiting for you to open it so they can come inside: There's somebody at the door.
4 answer the door to open the door to see who is there
5 show/see sb to the door to take someone to the main way out of a building: Goodbye, Mr Carter. My secretary will show you to the door.
6 two/three doors down etc a place that is a particular number of houses or buildings away from where you are: The Rigbys live two doors down from us.
7 (from) door to door
a) between one place and another: My commute takes forty minutes, door to door.
b) going to each house in a street or area to sell something, collect money or ask for votes: Joe sold vacuum cleaners door to door for years.
—see also: door­to­door
8 out of doors outside; outdoors
9 behind closed doors where other people cannot see you; secretly: The meeting took place behind closed doors.
10 show sb the door to make it clear to someone that you want them to leave: I'm warning you, if he gets drunk I'll show him the door.
11 lay sth at sb's door to say that something is someone's fault
12 be on the door to work at the entrance to a theatre, club, etc collecting tickets
13 an open door policy willingness to allow people to come in: an open door policy for immigration
14 open doors for sb to give someone an opportunity they would not have had otherwise: I think your new job will really open doors for you.
15 open the door to to make something possible: You're opening the door to trouble by hitchhiking.
16 shut/close the door on to make something impossible: Sasha's accident shut the door on her ballet career.
—see also: back door, front door, next door 1, next door 2, at death's door death (8)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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