Meaning of 起

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English 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; starting from (a time, place, price etc); classifier for occurrences or unpredictable events: case, instance; classifier for groups: batch, group
Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (walk) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Surround from lower left
    • [ zǒu ] to walk, to run, to flee
    • [ ] self, oneself; personal, private; 6th heavenly stem
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Example Words:
一起 [ ]: in the same place; together; with; altogether (in total)
引起 [ yǐn ]: to give rise to; to lead to; to cause; to arouse
发起 [ ]: to originate; to initiate; to launch (an attack, an initiative etc); to start; to propose sth (for the first time)
对不起 [ duì bu ]: unworthy; to let down; I'm sorry; excuse me; pardon me; if you please; sorry? (please repeat)
起身 [ shēn ]: to get up; to leave; to set forth
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