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Meaning of 为

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(Trad.: 為, 爲)
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  • Pinyin: wéi

    English Definition: as (in the capacity of); to take sth as; to act as; to serve as; to behave as; to become; to be; to do; by (in the passive voice); variant of ; as (i.e. in the capacity of); to take sth as; to act as; to serve as; to behave as; to become; to be; to do
    Chinese Definition:
    ①音节助词,无实在意义。[例]相为应答。——明·归有光《项脊轩志》。
    ②另见wèi。[例]相为倚伏。——明·刘基《诚意伯刘文成公文集》。

    Example Words:
    人为 [ rén wéi ]: artificial; man-made; having human cause or origin; human attempt or effort
    为首 [ wéi shǒu ]: head; be headed by
    为难 [ wéi nán ]: to feel embarrassed or awkward; to make things difficult (for someone); to find things difficult (to do or manage)
    无能为力 [ néng wéi ]: impotent (idiom); powerless; helpless
    为期 [ wéi ]: (to be done) by (a certain date); lasting (a certain time)
  • Pinyin: wèi

    English Definition: because of; for; to; variant of , because of; for; to
    Chinese Definition:
    ①替,给:为民请命。为虎作伥。为国捐躯。
    ②表目的:为了。为何。
    ③对,向:不足为外人道。
    ④帮助,卫护。

    Example Words:
    为了 [ wèi le ]: in order to; for the purpose of; so as to
    因为 [ yīn wèi ]: because; owing to; on account of
    为什么 [ wèi shén me ]: why?; for what reason?
    为此 [ wèi ]: for this reason; with regards to this; in this respect; in order to do this; to this end
    为着 [ wèi zhe ]: in order to; because of; for the sake of