可以

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Chinese[edit]

 
can; may; able to
can; may; able to; certain(ly); to suit; (particle used for emphasis)
 
to use; according to; so as to
to use; according to; so as to; in order to; by; with; because; Israel (abbrev.)
simp. and trad.
(可以)

Etymology[edit]

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Verb[edit]

可以

  1. can; may
    可以  ―  Nǐ bù kěyǐ zǒu.  ―  You may not leave.
    可以警告  ―  Nǐ bù kěyǐ jǐnggào tā.  ―  You can’t warn him.
  2. can; to be able
    哪兒可以電話卡 [MSC, trad.]
    哪儿可以电话卡 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ zài nǎr kěyǐ nòng dào diànhuàkǎ? [Pinyin]
    Where can I get a telephone card?
    現在科學可以說明許多神秘 [MSC, trad.]
    现在科学可以说明许多神秘 [MSC, simp.]
    Xiànzài kēxué kěyǐ shuōmíng xǔduō shénmì de shì. [Pinyin]
    Science can now account for many mysterious things.
    根據口音可以判斷可能來自下江地區 [MSC, trad.]
    根据口音可以判断可能来自下江地区 [MSC, simp.]
    Gēnjù tā de kǒuyīn kěyǐ pànduàn chū tā kěnéng láizì Xiàjiāng dìqū. [Pinyin]
    From his accent we can infer that he maybe is from the downstream area of the Yangtze River.
  3. (literary) (“may”) + (“by; by means of; according to”) (usually with ellipsed (zhī, “this”)); can be used to ...
    棉花可以織布 / 棉花可以织布  ―  miánhuā kěyǐ zhībù  ―  cotton can be used to weave cloth (lit. cotton, (one) can by this weave cloth)

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Adjective[edit]

可以

  1. passable; pretty good; not bad; all right; OK
    休息可以  ―  Nǐ xiūxi jiù kěyǐ le.  ―  If you rest a while, you'll be alright.
  2. to a great extent

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Vietnamese[edit]

Hán tự in this term

Verb[edit]

可以

  1. Hán tự form of khả dĩ (possible).