zhī to know; to be aware

Made up of [ shǐ arrow; to vow radical 111, kǒu mouth radical 30]

Note

Combining 'arrow' with 'mouth' suggests swiftness of thought. Knowledge can be thought of as sharp as an arrow
Number of strokes: 8

Related characters


Also uses shǐ component: ǎi (low) hòu (wait) hóu (nobleman) tiě (arms) yī (doctor) zú (clan)
Also uses kǒu component: bā (supposition or suggestion) chàng (to sing) chāo (to exceed) chī (to eat) chuán (boat) fēi (coffee) fù (rich) fú (good fortune) gào (to tell) gè (each) gōng (palace) gǒu (dog) gǔ (ancient) hāi (sound of sighing) hào (name) hé (to close) hé (together) hē (drink) hēng (prosperous) hòu (behind) huí (to circle) huò (maybe) jí (lucky) jiào (called) jīng (capital) jiù (fault) jù (sentence) jú (office) jūn (monarch) kā (coffee) kě (can) lìng (other) mǎ (?) mìng (life) míng (to call (birds)) míng (name) ne (and you?) pí (hops) pǐn (article) rú (as) shàng (still) shì (matter) shǐ (history) suī (although) tái (typhoon) táng (Tang) tīng (to listen) tóng (same) wèn (ask) xǐ (to be fond of) xiōng (elder brother) yǎo (to bite) yòu (right) yǔ (language) yuán (person) yuē (to speak) zhān (to observe) zhī (one) zhōu (circuit) zú (foot)

Sounds same

zhī (one) zhī (him) zhī (to support) zhī (branch)

Different tone

zhí (straight) zhí (value) zhí (to plant) zhǐ (paper) zhǐ (to stop) zhǐ (walk slowly) zhì (aspiration) zhì (to arrive) zhì (to rule) zhì (to send) zhì (to install)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 知
Stroke order for character 知, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

明知故问 míng zhī gù wèn To ask a question when already knowing the answer
塞翁失马,安知非福 sài wēng shī mǎ, ān zhī fēi fú A setback may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
温故而知新 wēn gù ér zhī xīn Studying the past helps to understand the present

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