Meaning of 前

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Pinyin: qián
English Definition: front; forward; ahead; first; top (followed by a number); future; ago; before; BC (e.g. 293 ); former; formerly
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Ideograph: Feet on a boat (altered) with two poles , suggesting moving forward.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • Above to below
    • [ yuè ] cutting off the feet as a form of punishment
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Example Words
目前 qián at the present time; currently
面前 miàn qián in front of; facing; (in the) presence (of)
以前 qián before; formerly; previous; ago
之前 zhī qián before; prior to; ago; previously; beforehand
前进 qián jìn to go forward; to forge ahead; to advance; onward
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