Meaning of 改

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Pinyin: gǎi
English Definition: to change; to alter; to transform; to correct
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Ideographic: A hand with a stick disciplining a kneeling child
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ ] self, oneself; personal, private; 6th heavenly stem
    • [ ] to rap, to tap; script; to let go
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Example Words
改变 gǎi biàn to change; to alter; to transform
改革 gǎi reform; Classifiers: ; to reform
改造 gǎi zào to transform; to reform; to remodel; to remold
改善 gǎi shàn to make better; to improve; Classifiers:
改进 gǎi jìn to improve; to make better; Classifiers:
More: 改* | *改 | *改*
Example Sentences
Have courage and ask. Then you know what you have to deal with.
Could I change my appointment from one to two?
He wants to change his appointment from Monday to Wednesday.
People will not change no matter how badly you want them to.
I've been away for only a few years, but the place has completely changed.