Thai

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Pronunciation

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Orthographicเข้า
e kʰ ˆ ā
Phonemic
เค่า
e g ˋ ā
RomanizationPaiboonkâo
Royal Institutekhao
(standard) IPA(key)/kʰaw˥˩/(R)

Etymology 1

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From Proto-Tai *χawꟲ (to enter). Cognate with Lao ເຂົ້າ (khao), Northern Thai ᨡᩮᩢ᩶ᩣ, ᦃᧁᧉ (ẋaw²), Tai Dam ꪹꪄ꫁ꪱ, Tai Nüa ᥑᥝᥲ (xàw), Shan ၶဝ်ႈ (khāo), Ahom 𑜁𑜧 (khaw), 𑜁𑜨𑜧 (khow), 𑜁𑜧𑜈𑜫 (khaww) or 𑜁𑜨𑜧𑜈𑜫 (khoww), Nùng khàu, Bouyei hauc, Zhuang haeuj.

Alternative forms

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Verb

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เข้า (kâo) (abstract noun การเข้า)

  1. to move in or inwards: to come in, to go in, to enter, etc; to cause to do so.
  2. to arrive.
  3. to include.
  4. to insert; to mix; to mingle.
  5. to match; to fit together.
  6. to start (school, work, etc).

Adverb

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เข้า (kâo)

  1. used to indicate an increasing degree.
  2. together; altogether.

Etymology 2

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Noun

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เข้า (kâo)

  1. Obsolete form of ข้าว (kâao).