open the door to/for somebody/something

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open the door for

1. Literally, to open a door for another person. Open the door for me, will you? I have my hands full right now. Now that I'm on crutches, I really appreciate it when people open the door for me.
2. To create an opportunity for someone or something. Female professors like you really opened the door for future generations of women scholars. Recent advancements in technology really opened the door for my latest invention to gain widespread acceptance.
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open the door to someone

 
1. Lit. to permit someone to enter a room, building, etc. The butler opened the door to the guests and they all entered. I opened the door to Mr. Wilson.
2. to make a move or passage easier for a person. Ann opened the door to Fred, who wanted to start a new career in writing. Mark opened the door to her, and she was always grateful to him.
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open the door to something

Fig. to invite something to happen. The armistice opened the door to peace talks. The door was opened to further discussion.
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open the door to

Also, open doors. Create an opportunity for, as in Legalizing marijuana may open the door to all kinds of abuse, or Her statement opened the door to further discussion, or Dad's connections at the hospital have opened doors for Richard's colleagues at medical school . [Late 1600s]
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open the door to

create an opportunity for.
1995 Kindred Spirit By recreating the space in which you live or work, Feng Shui can open the door to abundance, wellbeing and a Renewed Sense of Purpose!
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open the ˈdoor to/for somebody/something

provide somebody with the chance or opportunity to do something new, interesting, etc: Going to university opened the door to a whole new world for her.