The character 开 means open and is pronounced as 「kāi」 in the first tone. Its meaning comes from the components one 一 and two hands 廾. Its sound (probably) comes from the character 一 yī. It can also be written as 開.
to start, to turn on
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One person used two hands to open the door.
Kai opens the door with both hands
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open + begin
to begin, beginning, to start, initial, CL:個|个[ge4]
open + heart
to feel happy, to rejoice, to have a great time, to make fun of sb
leave + open
to depart, to leave
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