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Meaning of 命

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Pinyin: mìng
English Definition: life; fate; order or command; to assign a name, title etc
Chinese Definition:
①动植物的生活能力:生命。救命。逃命。拼命。命脉。性命。相依为命。
②迷信认为生来就注定的贫富、寿数等:天命。命相(xiàng)。命运(a。迷信指生死、贫富和一切遭遇;b。喻发展变化的趋向,如“人民一定能掌握自己的命命”)。
③上级对下级的指示:奉命。遵命。命令。使命。
④给予(名称等):命名。命题。命意。
⑤指派,使用:命官。

Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Ideographic: An order given by mouth
Character Formation:
  • Surround from upper right
    • [ lìng ] command, decree, order; magistrate; to allow, to cause
    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
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Example Words:
生命 [ shēng mìng ]: life (as the characteristic of living beings); living being; creature; Classifiers: ,
命运 [ mìng yùn ]: fate; destiny; Classifiers:
命令 [ mìng lìng ]: order; command; Classifiers:
寿命 [ shòu mìng ]: life span; life expectancy; lifetime (of a machine)
革命 [ mìng ]: revolution; revolutionary (politics); Classifiers:
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