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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:
①存,居:存在。健在。青春长在。
②存留于某地点:在家。在职。在位。
③关于某方面,指出着重点:在于(a.指出事物的本质所在,或指出事物以什么为内容;b.决定于)。在乎。事在人为。
④表示动作的进行:他在种地。
⑤介词,表示事情的时间、地点、情形、范围等:在逃。在望。在握。在理。在朝(cháo)。在野。在世。
⑥和“所”连用,表示强调:在所不辞。无所不在。

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
不在乎 [ zài hu ]: not to care
到现在 [ dào xiàn zài ]: up until now; to date
不在 [ zài ]: not to be present; to be out; (euphemism) to pass away; to be deceased
内在 [ nèi zài ]: inner; internal; intrinsic; innate
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