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yāo

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yāo Meaning

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Pīnyīn Pronunciation
yāo | yao1
English translation
to demand
to request
to coerce
important
vital
to want
to ask for
will
going to (as future auxiliary)
may
must
(used in a comparison) must be
probably
if
essential, necessary; to ask for; to coerce; to demand

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About yāo

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Number of strokes

9

Traditional form

yāo

Contains the radical

Part of speech

Verb / 动词 dòng cí Dòngcí

Learning hint

A woman  with hands on her waist 

Etymology of yāo

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Type

ideographic

Positional decomposition

覀女

Explanation

Pictograph of two hands grabbing a woman's waist. The current meaning "want" is a phonetic loan. The original meaning "waist" is now written as yāo .

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Example sentences using yāo

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对于 duìyú zhè zhǒng xiǎo de 车子 chē zi 来说, zhè 刹车 shāchē yāo suàn hěn hǎo le .

For a car of this size the lock is excellent.

yāo shì piān 园地 yuán dì 铺上草皮 cǎo pí ,那是 nà shi hěn hǎo de .

It will be good if that part of the garden is turfed.

要是 yàoshi Néng tiān tiān chī dào 新鲜 xīnxiān de ròu jiù hǎo le .

I wish I could afford to dine off fresh meat every day.

zài 为数不多 de 听众 tīng zhòng de 好哇 hǎo wā ! 好哇 hǎo wā ! ” 赞许 zàn xǔ shēng Zhōng jiǎng chū le 问题 wèntí de 要害 yào hài .

He had made his point, amid the " hear ! hear! " of his small audience.

yāo liàn hǎo ,缰绳 jiāng shéng xuē 不可 bù kě shǎo .

It is the bridle and spur that makes a good horse.

Words with yāo

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FrequencySimplifiedMeaningTraditional
yāo vital yāo
需要 xūyào to need需要 xūyào
不要 bù yào don't!不要 bù yào
重要 zhòngyào important重要 zhòngyào
要求 yāoqiú to request要求 yāoqiú
主要 zhǔyào main主要 zhǔyào
只要 zhǐyào if only只要 zhǐyào
就要 jiù yào will就要 jiù yào
必要 bìyào necessary必要 bìyào
要是 yàoshi (coll.) if要是 yàoshi
想要 xiǎng yào to want to想要 xiǎng yào
要么 yào me or要麼
要不 yàobù otherwise要不 yàobù
快要 kuài yào almost快要 kuài yào
要素 yàosù essential factor要素 yàosù
重要性 zhòng yào xìng importance重要性 zhòng yào xìng
提要 tí yào summary提要 tí yào
将要 jiāng yào will將要
首要 shǒuyào the most important首要 shǒuyào
要不然 yào bù rán otherwise要不然 yào bù rán
至关重要 zhì guān zhòng yào vital至關重要
要命 yàomìng very要命 yàomìng
要点 yàodiǎn main point要點
纲要 gāng yào outline綱要

yāo Decomposition & Compounds

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yāo Decomposition

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yāo Compounds

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  • yāo
    • yāo , yāo , jiào , yǎo , yāo , fiào , yǎo , , biáo , yǎo , ,
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