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Meaning of 宁

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(Trad.: 寧)
Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (roof) conveys the meaning.
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    • [gàimian2] roof; house
    • [ dīng ] male adult; robust, vigorous; 4th heavenly stem
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  • Pinyin: níng

    English Definition: abbr. for Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region 宁夏回族自治区 ; surname Ning; peaceful; to pacify; to visit (one's parents etc)
    Chinese Definition:
    ①平安,安定:宁静。宁谧。息事宁人。
    ②已嫁的女子或在外子女回家省视父母:宁亲。归宁。
    ③守父母之丧,丧假:“前博士弟子父母死,予宁三年”。
    ④中国江苏省南京市的别称。
    ⑤中国宁夏回族自治区的简称。

    Example Words:
    辽宁 liáo níng Liaoning province in northeast China, short name
    宁夏 níng xià Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, abbr.
    南宁 nán níng Nanning prefecture level city and capital of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in south China 广西壮族自治区
    宁静 níng jìng tranquil; tranquility; serenity
    安宁 ān níng Anning District of Lanzhou City 兰州市 , Gansu; Anning City, to the west of Kunming 昆明 , Yunnan
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  • Pinyin: nìng

    English Definition: would rather; to prefer; how (emphatic); Taiwan pr. [ning2]
    Chinese Definition:
    ①情愿:宁肯。宁死不屈。宁缺毋滥。
    ②岂,难道:王侯将相宁有种乎?
    ③语助,无实际意义:不宁唯是。
    ④姓氏。

    Example Words:
    宁可 nìng preferably; one would prefer to...(or not to...); would rather; (would) be better to; (to pick) the lesser of two evils
    宁愿 nìng yuàn would rather; better
    宁肯 nìng kěn would rather...; it would be better...; would prefer
    毋宁 nìng not as good as; would rather
    宁死不屈 nìng rather die than submit (idiom)
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