Meaning of 曾

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  • Pinyin: céng
    English Definition: once; already; ever (in the past); former; previously; (past tense marker used before verb or clause)
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    曾经 céng jīng once; already; former; previously; ever; (past tense marker used before verb or clause)
    不曾 céng hasn't yet; hasn't ever
    未曾 wèi céng hasn't (or haven't); hasn't ever
    曾几何时 céng shí just a while before; not so long ago; everyone can remember when..
    似曾相识 céng xiāng shí déjà vu (the experience of seeing exactly the same situation a second time); seemingly familiar; apparently already acquainted
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  • Pinyin: zēng
    English Definition: great- (grandfather, grandchild etc)
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    曾孙 zēng sūn great-grandson
    曾祖父 zēng father's father's father; paternal great-grandfather
    曾祖母 zēng father's father's mother; paternal great-grandmother
    曾祖 zēng great-grandfather (father of one's paternal grandfather)
    曾参 zēng shēn Zeng Shen (505-435 BC), a.k.a. 曾子
    More: 曾* | *曾 | *曾*
Example Sentences
I met her once several years ago.
He has never been here.
If I ever hurt any of you, it was not my intention.
But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life.
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?