Meaning of 召

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Pinyin: zhào
English Definition: to call together; to summon; to convene; temple or monastery (used in place names in Inner Mongolia)
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ dāo ] knife; old coin; measure
    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
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Example Words
召开 zhào kāi to convene (a conference or meeting); to convoke; to call together
号召 hào zhào to call; to appeal
召集 zhào to convene; to gather
召回 zhào huí to recall (a product, an ambassador etc)
召见 zhào jiàn call in (one's subordinates); summon (an envoy of a foreign country) to an interview
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Example Sentences
So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said.
I was summoned to Wuthering Heights, within a fortnight of your leaving us, she said; and I obeyed joyfully, for Catherine's sake.
It was odd to have summoned him in that way, and then forgotten him; but Archer felt more curious than mortified.
Often the Lord calls us aside from our work for a season, and bids us be still and learn ere we go forth again to minister.
That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.