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TranslingualEdit

Stroke order
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EtymologyEdit

Ideogrammic compound (會意):  +  (trunk)

Two trunks are of the same height. {not to confuse with 幵!}

Han characterEdit

(radical 55 +1, 4 strokes, cangjie input 一廿 (MT), composition)

  1. open
  2. initiate, begin, start

Derived charactersEdit

See alsoEdit

  • (graphically similar)

ReferencesEdit


CantoneseEdit

HanziEdit

(traditional , Jyutping hoi1, Yale hoi1)

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MandarinEdit

HanziEdit

(traditional , Pinyin kāi (kai1), Wade-Giles k'ai1)

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PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

(simplified, Pinyin kāi, traditional )

  1. to open
    • 我不能开这个门。 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, simp.]
      Wǒ bù néng kāi zhè ge mén. [Pinyin]
      I can't open the door.
    • 商店开到八点。 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, simp.]
      Shāngdiàn kāi dào bā diǎn. [Pinyin]
      The shop stays open till eight o'clock.
  2. to start, to turn on, to switch on
    • 开电灯 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, simp.]kāi diàndēng [Pinyin] — to switch the light on
  3. to boil
  4. (prescription, check, invoice,list) to write out
    • 开支票 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, simp.]kāi zhīpiào [Pinyin] — to write a check
    • 我们开了一张学生必读书单。 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, simp.]
      Wǒmen kāi le yī zhāng xuéshēng bì dúshū dān. [Pinyin]
      We make out a list of books which students ought to read.
  5. to prescribe
    • 请医生开点咳嗽药 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, simp.]qǐng yīshēng kāi diǎn késòu yào [Pinyin] — Ask the doctor to prescribe something for that cough.
  6. (of vehicule, machine) to operate, to drive
  7. Abbreviation of 開爾文/开尔文 (degrees Kelvin).

AntonymsEdit

  • to close, to switch off


CompoundsEdit