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:
前面 [ qián miàn ]: ahead; in front; preceding; above; also pr. qian2 mian5
以前 [ qián ]: before; formerly; previous; ago
提前 [ qián ]: to shift to an earlier date; to do sth ahead of time; in advance
目前 [ qián ]: at the present time; currently
从前 [ cóng qián ]: previously; formerly; once upon a time
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