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to make; to cause; to enable; to use; to employ; messenger
get; obtain; gain; proper; suitable; proud; contented; allow; permit; ready; finished; a sentence particle used after a verb to show effect; degree or possibility; to have to; must; ought to; to need to
simp. and trad.




  1. to be feasible; to be usable
  2. can; to be able
  3. to cause; to bring about


Dialectal synonyms of 可以 (“can; may”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Classical Chinese 可以
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 可以
Mandarin Beijing 可以能夠
Taiwan 可以能夠
Cantonese Guangzhou 可以
Hong Kong 可以
Taishan 可以
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 做得
Liudui (S. Sixian) 做得可以使得
Hsinchu (Hailu) 做得
Dongshi (Dabu) 使得做得
Zhuolan (Raoping) 做得
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 會用
Min Nan Xiamen 會使會當會做會用會用得會得會得通會通
Quanzhou 會做會做得會用會用得會得會得通會通
Zhangzhou 會使會當會用會用得會得會得通會通
Taipei 會使會當會做得 mT會得 mT會得通 mT mT
Kaohsiung 會用得會使會當
Tainan 會用得會使會當
Taichung 會用得會使得
Hsinchu 會用得會使
Lukang 會使會當
Sanxia 會使會當
Yilan 會使會當
Kinmen 會使會當
Magong 會使會當
Philippines (Manila) 會做會用會用得會做得
Note mT - mainstream Taiwan (no particular region identified)



  1. (Cantonese) effective; useful
    Ne1 zek3 joek6 gou1 dou1 gei2 sai2 dak1 gaa3. [Jyutping]
    This ointment is pretty effective.
  2. (Cantonese) capable; competent