Meaning of 在

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Pinyin: zài
English Definition: (located) at; (to be) in; to exist; in the middle of doing sth; (indicating an action in progress)
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 6; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (earth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Surround from upper left
    • ability, talent, gift; just, only
    • soil, earth; items made of earth
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Example Words:
不在意 [ zài ]: to pay no attention to; not to mind
内在的 [ nèi zài de ]: inner; internal
内在超越 [ nèi zài chāo yuè ]: inner transcendence (perfection through one's own inner moral cultivation, as in Confucianism, for example)
在诉讼期间 [ zài sòng jiān ]: pendente lite; during litigation
外在超越 [ wài zài chāo yuè ]: outer transcendence (perfection through the agency of God)
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