Meaning and pronunciation of 起

Simplified/traditional character

Definition

  • 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

Components

  • (zǒu): to walk
  • (jǐ): personal

Characters with the same pronunciation

  • : to beg;
  • : to plan a project; to stand on tiptoe; Taiwan pr. [qi4]; abbr. for 企業|企业[qi3 ye4];
  • : to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten or awaken; to state; to inform;
  • : how? (emphatic question);

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 1 vocabulary list

  • 对不起 (duì bu qǐ): I'm sorry; excuse me; pardon me; if you please; sorry? (please repeat); unworthy; to let down;

HSK 2 vocabulary list

HSK 3 vocabulary list

HSK 4 vocabulary list

HSK 5 vocabulary list

HSK 6 vocabulary list