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Meaning of 之

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Pinyin: zhī
English Definition: (possessive particle, literary equivalent of ); him; her; it
Chinese Definition:
①助词,表示领有、连属关系:赤子之心。
②助词,表示修饰关系:缓兵之计。不速之客。莫逆之交。
③用在主谓结构之间,使成为句子成分:“大道之行也,天下为公”。
④代词,代替人或事物:置之度外。等闲视之。
⑤代词,这,那:“之二虫,又何知”。
⑥虚用,无所指:久而久之。
⑦往,到:“吾欲之南海”。

Total strokes: 4; Radical: 丿
Ideographic: A foot meaning "to follow"; cursive version of 止
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Example Words:
反之 [ fǎn zhī ]: on the other hand...; conversely...
总而言之 [ zǒng ér yán zhī ]: in short; in a word; in brief
天伦之乐 [ tiān lún zhī ]: family love and joy; domestic bliss
后顾之忧 [ hòu zhī yōu ]: fears of trouble in the rear (idiom); family worries (obstructing freedom of action); worries about the future consequences; often in negative expressions, meaning "no worries about anything"
当务之急 [ dāng zhī ]: top priority job; matter of vital importance
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