begin, start; open; turn on

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semantic space · lipamanka

open describes activation. If I activate a light switch, that can be open. If I open a door, that can be open as well. open often describes something's function being activated, but it can also describe a beginning of an event, like the start of a concert or the start of a year. Perhaps childhood could be open. The throughline here is cause and effect. the act of open is always a cause, but open can also be the event around that activation. This activation usually isn't a type of creation and serves to exist within the function of the activated thing.

ku translations

open⁵, begin⁵, start⁵, beginning⁵, initiate⁴, starting⁴, opening³, initial², access², entry², engage², launch², starter², introduction², origin²

pu verbatim

VERB to begin, start; open; turn on


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English · open

by jan Sonja


Some proficient speakers use open as a preverb that means "start to," that goes along with the complimentary pini preverb "to stop"

sitelen pona


perhaps a pictogram of an opened container

sitelen sitelen

open sitelen sitelen

sitelen Emosi





kala Asi

jan Lakuse

luka pona

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