Definition of door noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɔː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɔːr//
    Parts of a house
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  1. 1  [countable] a piece of wood, glass, etc. that is opened and closed so that people can get in and out of a room, building, car, etc.; a similar thing in a cupboard/closet a knock on the door to open/shut/close/slam/lock/bolt the door to answer the door (= to go and open it because somebody has knocked on it or rung the bell) the front/back door (= at the entrance at the front/back of a building) the bedroom door the door frame a four-door saloon car the fridge door Shut the door! Close the door behind you, please. The door closed behind him. see also back-door, fire door, French door, open door, revolving door, sliding door, stable door, stage door, swing door, trapdoor See related entries: Parts of a house
  2. 2  [countable] the space when a door is open Marc appeared through a door at the far end of the room. (informal) She's just arrived—she's just come in the door. (informal) He walked out the door.
  3. 3  [countable] the area close to the entrance of a building There's somebody at the door (= at the front door of a house). ‘Can I help you?’ asked the man at the door. see also doorway
  4. 4[countable] a house, room, etc. that is a particular number of houses, rooms, etc. away from another the family that lives three doors up from us Our other branch is just a few doors down the road. see also next door
  5. 5[uncountable] (British English) the amount of money made by selling tickets for an event synonym gate 50% of the door will go to the Red Cross. Performers keep 75% of the door.
  6. Word OriginOld 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’.Extra examples Always put the door chain on. Go along the corridor and through the double doors. Go and answer the door. He arrived home to find the door barred. He banged the front door behind him as he left. He came in the side door. He flung the door open and caught them stuffing a document back into a briefcase. He got stuck in a revolving door. He had left the door ajar. He leaned against the door jamb. He looked through the door to make sure the children were all right. He pulled the door shut. He stood in the door for several minutes before deciding whether he’d stay. He was working the door at the event. I banged on the door for ages but still couldn’t wake them. I left the door on the latch so that I could sneak back in later. I stopped at a low oak door set in the stone wall. I tried the door but it was locked. I was woken by a door banging in the wind. I went through the door marked ‘Enquiries’. Parking is helped by wide door mirrors. Remember to bolt the door before you go to bed. She had trouble pushing the heavy door open. She poked her head through the door to say goodbye. She pushed her way through the swing doors. Someone had propped the fire door open with a pile of books. The car drove off with its rear door flapping open. The door bore a notice saying ‘Private’. The door burst open and a little boy ran in. The door connecting the two offices is kept locked. The door opens onto a sunny terrace. The door stood ajar so I could see a narrow section of the room. The door was half-open when we got there. The door was jammed shut. The inner door leads to the safe and is always locked after 5 p.m. There’s someone at the door. They had to break the door down to get into the flat. This door leads to my bedroom. a creaking door hinge automatic garage door openers the back door of a house the door between the laundry room and the garage the door into the back garden the rear door of a car He walked out the door. Mark appeared through a door at the far end of the room. She’s just arrived—she’s just come in the door. There was a knock on the door. the bedroom/​wardrobe doorIdioms (often humorous) so ill/sick that you may die I suppose you won’t be coming to the party if you’re at death’s door! See related entries: Being ill
    beat a path to somebody’s door
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    if a lot of people beat a path to somebody’s door, they are all interested in something that person has to sell, or can do or tell them Top theatrical agents are beating a path to the teenager's door.
    without the public being allowed to attend or know what is happening; in private The meeting was held behind closed doors. to work at the entrance to a theatre, club, etc., for example collecting tickets from people as they enter
    by/through the back door
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    in an unfair or indirect way He used his friends to help him get into the civil service by the back door. See related entries: Parts of a house
    close, etc. the barn door after the horse has escaped (North American English) (British English close, etc. the stable door after the horse has bolted)
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    to try to prevent or avoid loss or damage when it is already too late to do so
    close/shut the door on something
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    to make it unlikely that something will happen She was careful not to close the door on the possibility of further talks.
    (of a business, etc.) to stop trading The factory closed its doors for the last time in 2009.
    close, lock, etc. the stable door after the horse has bolted (British English) (US English close, etc. the barn door after the horse has escaped)
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    to try to prevent or avoid loss or damage when it is already too late to do so
    (open) the door to something
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    (to provide) the means of getting or reaching something; (to create) the opportunity for something The agreement will open the door to increased international trade. Our courses are the door to success in English.
    from building to building The journey takes about an hour door to door. a door-to-door salesman
    get/have a/your foot in the door
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    to manage to enter an organization, a field of business, etc. that could bring you success I always wanted to work in TV but it took me two years to get a foot in the door.
    keep the wolf from the door
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    (informal) to have enough money to avoid going hungry; to stop somebody feeling hungry
    lay something at somebody’s door
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    (formal) to say that somebody is responsible for something that has gone wrong The blame for the disaster has been laid firmly at the government’s door.
    leave the door open (for something)
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    to make sure that there is still the possibility of doing something We have left the door open for further talks.
    never darken my door again
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    (old-fashioned, humorous) used to tell somebody never to come to your home again Go! And never darken my door again!
    open doors for somebody
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    to provide opportunities for somebody to do something and be successful
    not inside a building You should spend more time out of doors in the fresh air. to ask somebody to leave, because they are no longer welcome
      shut/slam the door in somebody’s face
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    1. 1to shut a door hard when somebody is trying to come in
    2. 2to refuse to talk to somebody or meet them, in a rude way
    directly to somebody’s house We promise to deliver to your door within 48 hours of you ordering.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: door