Meaning of 拘

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English Definition: to capture; to restrain; to constrain; to adhere rigidly to; inflexible
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (hand) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
拘留 liú to detain (a prisoner); to keep sb in custody
拘束 shù to restrict; to restrain; constrained; awkward; ill at ease; uncomfortable; reticent
不拘 not stick to; not confine oneself to; whatever
拘谨 jǐn reserved; overcautious
不拘一格 not stick to one pattern
More: 拘* | *拘 | *拘*
Example Sentences
The football fans who made trouble last night were detained.
Here informal goings and comings are not allowed.
The suppression order on his name was lifted during a hearing in the court in Melbourne on Monday, which Sokaluk, who was arrested on Friday, did not attend.
Perhaps because of the informal atmosphere, language used by sports reporters, fans, and the players themselves has produced many words and phrases used in other contexts.
Let it be son, we don't mallet to these etiquettes.