Meaning of 吞

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Pinyin: tūn
English Definition: to swallow; to take
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ tiān ] sky, heaven; god, celestial
    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
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Example Words
吞噬 tūn shì to swallow; to engulf; to gobble up
吞吞吐吐 tūn tūn to hum and haw (idiom); to mumble as if hiding sth; to speak and break off, then start again; to hold sth back
侵吞 qīn tūn to annex; to swallow (up); to embezzle
慢吞吞 màn tūn tūn very slow; exasperatingly slow
吞没 tūn to embezzle; to swallow up; to engulf
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Example Sentences
She was swallowed by darkness
He washed down a pill with water.
The raging fire engulfed the entire village.
This big dog can swallow a whole chicken every day.
She reluctantly swallowed the pill even though it was very uncomfortable.