开 kāi: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 1

开 (kāi) English Meaning

  • to 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, 開爾文|开尔文 (kāi ěr wén)
  • abbr. for 開本|开本(kāi běn), book format

Traditional Character:  

Sample Sentences

  • 开啊!
    Kāi a!
    Open up.
  • 开电视。
    Kāi diànshì.
    Turn on the TV.
  • 我让门开着。
    Wǒ ràng mén kāizhe.
    I left the door open.
  • 不要把门开着。
    Bùyào bǎmén kāizhe.
    Don’t leave the door open.
  • 你让窗户开着吗?
    Nǐ ràng chuānghù kāizhe ma?
    Did you leave the window open?

Stroke Order & Character Components

开 (kāi): to open; to start; to turn on; to boil; to write out (a prescription, check, invoice, etc.); to operate (a vehicle); carat (gold); abbreviation for Kelvin, 開爾文|开尔文(Kāi ěr wén); abbreviation for 開本|开本(kāi běn), book format

  • (yī): one
  • (gǒng): two hands
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