qǐ to rise; to raise; to get up

Made up of [ zǒu walk radical 156, self; oneself; sixth in order ]


The 'snake' radical can be pronounced 'ji' and gives the rough phonetic. Walk gives idea of rising from sitting position.
Number of strokes: 10

Related characters

Also uses zǒu component: chāo (to exceed) gǎn (to overtake) tàng (collective for trips)
Also uses component: jì (order) jì (to record)

Different tone

qī (seven) qī (phase) qí (board game) qí (his) qí (strange) qì (gas) qì (steam)

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stroke order for 起
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白手起家 bái shǒu qǐ jiā To build up something from nothing
无风不起浪 wú fēng bù qǐ làng There must have been signs that it was going to happen
后起之秀 hòu qǐ zhī xiù Said of someone showing talent at an early age.
起死回生 qǐ sǐ huí shēng Amazing recovery from illness. Said of a doctor who has brought someone back from a terminal condition.

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