Memory phrase for the Kanji: 开



to open, to start, to turn on





Shows an open gate with a double cross-bar, as it is common at the entrance of buddhist temples and means: "open".


to open, start, turn onCan be seen as the entrance gate of a buddhist temple with two traverses. This gate is always open.
two handstwice this hand (with the fingers towards the top) side by side & simplified.
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 开镰  kāi lián  to start the harvest
 撇开  piē kāi  to disregard; to leave aside
 开襟  kāi jīn  buttoned Chinese tunic; unbuttoned (to cool down)
 咧开嘴笑  liě kāi zuǐ xiào  to laugh
 开凿  kāi záo  to cut (a canal, tunnel, well etc)
 开小灶  kāi xiǎo zào  lit. to turn on a private oven; to get special attention
 甩开  shuǎi kāi  to shake off; to get rid of
 甩开膀子  shuǎi kāi bǎng zi  to throw off inhibitions; to go all out
 敞开  chǎng kāi  to open wide; unrestrictedly
 开会祈祷  kāi huì qí dǎo  invocation
 开国元勋  kāi guó yuán xūn  founding figure (of a country or dynasty); founding father; fig. also used of company or school etc; ounding father; fig. also used of company, school etc
 开国元勋  kāi guó yuán xūn  

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