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Meaning of 倒

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Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (person) conveys the meaning.
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  • Left to right
    • man, person; people
    • to go to, to arrive
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  • Pinyin: dào

    English Definition: to place upside down; to invert; to pour; to throw out; to move backwards; however; actually; as a matter of fact; contrary to expectation
    Chinese Definition:
    ①位置上下前后翻转:倒立。倒挂。倒影。倒置。
    ②把容器反转或倾斜使里面的东西出来:倒水。倒茶。
    ③反过来,相反地:倒行逆施。反攻倒算。倒贴。
    ④向后,往后退:倒退。倒车。
    ⑤却:东西倒不坏,就是旧了点。
    ⑥正顺。

    Example Words:
    眉毛倒竖 [ méi mao dào shù ]: to raise the eyebrows (idiom)
    倒退 [ dào tuì ]: to fall back; to go in reverse
    倒数 [ dào shǔ ]: to count backwards (from 10 down to 0); to count down; from the bottom (lines on a page); from the back (rows of seats)
    倒数 [ dào shù ]: inverse number; reciprocal (math.)
    倒装 [ dào zhuāng ]: inversion (rhetoric device of inverting the word order for heightened effect); anastrophe
  • Pinyin: dǎo

    English Definition: to fall; to collapse; to lie horizontally; to overthrow; to fail; to go bankrupt; to change (trains or buses); to move around; to resell at a profit
    Chinese Definition:
    ①竖立的东西躺下来:摔倒。墙倒了。倒塌。倒台。打倒。卧倒。
    ②对调,转移,更换,改换:倒手。倒换。倒车。倒卖。倒仓。倒戈。
    ③正顺。

    Example Words:
    投机倒把 [ tóu dǎo ]: speculation and profiteering (idiom); buying and selling on speculation
    倒塌 [ dǎo ]: to collapse (of building); to topple over
    扑倒 [ dǎo ]: to fall down
    跌倒 [ diē dǎo ]: to tumble; to fall; fig. to suffer a reverse (in politics or business)
    跪倒 [ guì dǎo ]: to kneel down; to sink to one's knees; to grovel
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