- 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 [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 [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[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[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. Word Origin Old English duru, dor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deur
- 1to shut a door hard when somebody is trying to come in
- 2to refuse to talk to somebody or meet them, in a rude way
to try to prevent or avoid loss or damage when it is already too late to do so 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.
to try to prevent or avoid loss or damage when it is already too late to do so (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 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. (informal) to have enough money to avoid going hungry; to stop somebody feeling hungry (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. to make sure that there is still the possibility of doing something We have left the door open for further talks. (old-fashioned, humorous) used to tell somebody never to come to your home again Go! And never darken my door again! 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