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Meaning of 代

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Pinyin: dài
English Definition: to substitute; to act on behalf of others; to replace; generation; dynasty; age; period; (historical) era; (geological) eon
Chinese Definition:
①替:代替。代办。代销。代序。代表。
②历史上划分的时期:时代。世代。古代。近代。现代。当(dāng)代。年代。
③世系的辈分:下一代。
④姓氏。

Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Ideographic: A man caught by the passing of time
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ rén ] man, person; people
    • [ ] to catch, to arrest; to shoot with a bow
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Example Words:
时代 [ shí dài ]: age; era; epoch; period (in one's life); Classifiers:
年代 [ nián dài ]: a decade of a century (e.g. the Sixties); age; era; period; Classifiers:
代表 [ dài biǎo ]: representative; delegate; Classifiers: ; to represent; to stand for; on behalf of; in the name of
现代 [ xiàn dài ]: Hyundai, South Korean company
现代 [ xiàn dài ]: modern times; modern age; modern era
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