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English Definitionto begin; beginning; to start; initial
Simplified Script开始
Traditional Script開始
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄎㄞ ㄕˇ
Cantonese (Jyutping)hoi1ci2
Part of Speech(形) adjective, (动) verb, (助动) auxiliary verb
Measure Words
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=2; TOP=Basic
Word Decomposition
kāito open; to start; to turn on; to boil; to write out (a prescription, check, invoice etc); to operate (a vehicle); carat (gold); abbr. for Kelvin, 开尔文; abbr. for 开本, book format; ; (to hold (meeting, exhibition, etc.)
shǐto begin; to start; then; only then

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
开学kāixuéfoundation of a University or College; school opening; the start of a new term
开玩笑kāi wánxiàoto play a joke; to make fun of; to joke
开展kāizhǎnto launch; to develop; to unfold; (of an exhibition etc) to open
开放kāifàngto bloom; to open; to be open (to the public); to open up (to the outside); to be open-minded; unrestrained by convention; unconstrained in one's sexuality
开辟kāipìto open up; to set up; to establish
Words With Same Tail Word    
原始yuánshǐfirst; original; primitive; original (document etc)
伊始yīshǐoutset; beginning
创始chuàngshǐto initiate; to found
倡始chàngshǐto initiate
初始chūshǐinitial; starting (point)
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