Meaning of 持

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Pinyin: chí
English Definition: to hold; to grasp; to support; to maintain; to persevere; to manage; to run (i.e. administer); to control
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (hand) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
支持 zhī chí to be in favor of; to support; to back; support; backing; to stand by; Classifiers:
坚持 jiān chí to persevere with; to persist in; to insist on
保持 bǎo chí to keep; to maintain; to hold; to preserve
持续 chí to continue; to persist; sustainable; preservation
主持 zhǔ chí to take charge of; to manage or direct; to preside over; to uphold; to stand for (justice etc); to host (a TV or radio program etc); (TV) anchor
More: 持* | *持 | *持*
Example Sentences
My family are not in agreement on where to go.
However, we do not hold such a philosophy towards celebrities. Instead, we require them to be perfect in all respects.
All have been agreed at the regular school council meetings where teachers and pupils each have one vote.
I still hold my former views.
China adopts a positive approach towards cooperation with France in energy technology.