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Meaning

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Pīnyīn Pronunciation
dé | de2
English translation
to obtain
to get
to gain
to catch (a disease)
proper
suitable
proud
contented
to allow
to permit
ready
finished
structural particle: used after a verb (or adjective as main verb), linking it to following phrase indicating effect, degree, possibility etc
to obtain, to get, to acquire; suitable, proper; ready
Pīnyīn Pronunciation
děi | dei3
English translation
to have to
must
ought to
to need to

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Number of strokes

11

Traditional form

Contains the radical

chì

Part of speech

Structural particle "" / 结构助词得 Jiégòu zhùcí dé

Learning hint

A hand  cùn grabbing a shell  dàn

Etymology of

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Type

ideographic

Positional decomposition

chì 旦寸

Explanation

Originally written as . Depicts a hand ( cùn ) grabbing a shell ( bèi ), used as currency in ancient China, to convey the meaning "get". The chì (movement) component was added later.

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Example sentences using

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咱们 zámen tiào 这个 zhè ge 舞好 ? de 探戈舞跳得 tài zāo .

Let's sit this one out, shall we? I'm afraid I tango very badly.

相信 xiāngxìn 下次 xià cì huì gān gēng hǎo .

I'm sure you can make an excellent job next time.

de 车子 chē zi 保养 bǎoyǎng hěn hǎo ,各种 gè zhǒng 机件 jī jiàn 状况 zhuàngkuàng jiā .

His car has been well maintained and is in excellent condition.

kǎo hěn hǎo .

His performance in the exams was not very good.

huà láng Zhōng 幅画 de 间隔 jiàngé 安排 ānpái hěn hǎo .

The pictures in the gallery were well spaced out.

Words with

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FrequencySimplifiedMeaningTraditional
to get
觉得 juéde to think覺得
得到 dé dào to get得到 dé dào
获得 huòdé to obtain獲得
记得 jìde to remember記得
取得 qǔ dé to acquire取得 qǔ dé
值得 zhíde to be worth值得 zhíde
不得不 bùdébù cannot but不得不 bùdébù
赢得 yíng dé to win贏得
不得 bù dé must not不得 bù dé
显得 xiǎnde to seem顯得
使得 shǐ de usable使得 shǐ de
变得 biàn de to become變得
懂得 dǒng de to know懂得 dǒng de
得知 dé zhī to find out得知 dé zhī
得了 dé le all right!得了 dé le
得分 dé fēn to score得分 dé fēn
难得 nándé seldom難得
得以 dé yǐ able to得以 dé yǐ
得出 dé chū to obtain (results)得出 dé chū
夺得 duó dé to wrest奪得
所得 suǒ dé one's gains所得 suǒ dé
晓得 xiǎo de to know曉得
得意 déyì proud of oneself得意 déyì
彼得 Bǐ dé Peter (name)彼得 Bǐ dé

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Decomposition

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