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The Chinese word kai - 开 - kāi
(to open in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

to open, to drive, to start, opening, to dismiss, karat,
to begin, to fire out

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Chinese characters  ( kai / kāi ) with pronunciation (English translation: to open )
开 ( kai / kāi ) in traditional characters
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to blossom (flower)  |  to attend a meeting
开 ( kai / kāi ) belongs to the 100 most common Chinese characters (rank 76)
Chinese example words containing the character 开 ( kai / kāi )
打开 ( dăkāi = to open ), 开姆尼茨 ( Kāi mŭ ní cí = Chemnitz ), 开玩笑 ( kāi wánxiào = to make fun of ), 开车 ( kāichē = to drive a car ), 开关 ( kāiguān = switch ), 开花 ( kāihuā = to bloom ), 开花儿 ( kāihuār = to blossom ), 开会 ( kāihuì = to hold a meeting ), 开机 ( kāijī = to boot ), 开门 ( kāimén = to open ), 开始 ( kāishĭ = to begin ), 开胃菜 ( kāiwèicài = appetizer ), 开胃酒 ( kāiwèijiŭ = aperitif ), 开学 ( kāixué = beginning of a new semester ), 开演 ( kāiyăn = to begin ), 离开 ( líkāi = to leave ), 展开 ( zhănkāi = to spread )
More words that mean to open in Chinese
dăkāi ( 打开 ), kāimén ( 开门 ), ( 启 )
More words that mean to drive in Chinese
găn ( 赶 ), jià ( 驾 ), ( 驱 ), shĭ ( 驶 )

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