Meaning and pronunciation of 起

Simplified/traditional character
qǐ (qi3)


to rise; to raise; to get up; to set out; to start; to appear; to launch; to initiate (action); to draft; to establish; to get (from a depot or counter); verb suffix, to start; (before place or time) starting from; classifier for occurrences or unpredictable events: case, instance; classifier for groups: batch, group;

HSK levels:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


  • 走 (zǒu): to walk
  • 己 (jǐ): personal

Characters with the same pronunciation:

Sentences examples with 起:

  • 对不起,我不爱你了,我就爱她!
    Duìbùqǐ, wǒ bù ài nǐle, wǒ jiù ài tā!
  • 我们准备一起再玩(儿)一小时。
    Wǒmen zhǔnbèi yīqǐ zài wán (er) yī xiǎoshí.
  • 让大家起床吧。
    Ràng dàjiā qǐchuáng ba.
  • 西瓜也要一起洗。
    Xīguā yě yào yīqǐ xǐ.
  • 甲:对不起。乙:没关系。
    Jiǎ: Duìbùqǐ. Yǐ: Méiguānxì.

Words containing 起, by HSK level:

HSK word list level 1

  • (duìbuqǐ) : I'm sorry; excuse me; pardon me; if you please; sorry? (please repeat); unworthy; to let down;

HSK word list level 2

  • (qǐchuáng) : to get up
  • (yìqǐ) : together; in the same place; with; altogether (in total)

HSK word list level 3

  • (qǐfēi) : to take off (in an airplane)
  • (qǐlái) : beginning or continuing an action; upward movement; stand up

HSK word list level 4

  • (yǐnqǐ) : to give rise to; to lead to; to cause; to arouse

HSK word list level 5

  • (kànbuqǐ) : to look down upon; to despise
  • (liǎobuqǐ) : amazing; terrific; extraordinary

HSK word list level 6

  • (qǐcǎo) : draft (a bill); draw up (plans)
  • (qǐchū) : originally; at first; at the outset
  • (qǐfú) : to move up and down; to undulate; ups and downs
  • (qǐhòng) : to heckle; rowdy jeering; to create a disturbance
  • (qǐmǎ) : at the minimum; at the very least
  • (qǐyuán) : origin; to originate; to come from
  • (xiānqǐ) : to lift; to raise in height; to begin; upsurge; to set off (a campaign)

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