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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
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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