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Meaning of 以

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Pinyin:
English Definition: to use; by means of; according to; in order to; because of; at (a certain date or place); to use; by means of; according to; in order to; because of; at (a certain date or place)
Chinese Definition:
①用,拿,把,将:以一当十。以苦为乐。以身作则。以邻为壑。以讹传讹。以往鉴来。
②依然,顺,按照:以时启闭。物以类聚。
③因为:以人废言。勿以善小而不为。不以物喜,不以己悲。
④在,于(指时日):“子厚以元和十四年十一月八日卒,年四十七”。
⑤目的在于:以待时机。以儆效尤。
⑥文言连词,与“而”用法相同:梦寐以求。
⑦用在方位词前,表明时间、方位、方向或数量的界限:以前。以内。
⑧用在动词后,类似词的后缀:可以。得以。
⑨古同“已”,已经。
⑩太,甚:不以急乎?
⑾及,连及:富以其邻。

Total strokes: 5; Radical:
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Example Words:
可以 [ ]: can; may; possible; able to; not bad; pretty good
所以 [ suǒ ]: therefore; as a result; so; the reason why
以前 [ qián ]: before; formerly; previous; ago
以为 [ wéi ]: to think (i.e. to take it to be true that ...) (Usually there is an implication that the notion is mistaken – except when expressing one's own current opinion.)
以及 [ ]: as well as; too; and
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