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English Definitionto grasp; to hold; to operate; to manage; to control; to steer; to exercise; to drill (practice); to play; to speak (a language)
See alsocāo old variant of (from traditional character )
cào variant of
Simplified Script
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo) ㄘㄠ
Cantonese (Jyutping)cou1

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Words With Same Head Word    
操场cāochǎngplayground; sports field; drill ground
操作cāozuòto work; to operate; to manipulate
操纵cāozòngto operate; to control; to rig; to manipulate
操心cāoxīnto worry about
操劳cāoláoto work hard; to look after
Words With Same Tail Word    
体操tǐcāogymnastic; gymnastics
情操qíngcāosentiments; feelings; disposition of mind; moral character
做操zuòcāoto do exercises; to do gymnastics
出操chūcāoto drill; to exercise; to go outdoors for physical exercise
早操zǎocāomorning exercises (physical exercises commonly performed en masse at schools and workplaces in East Asian countries)
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