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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:
    ①尝,表示从前经历过:曾经。未曾。何曾。曾几何时。
    ②古同“层”,重(chóng)。

    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
    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
    何曾 [ céng ]: did I ever ...? (or "did he ever ...?" etc)
  • Pinyin: zēng

    English Definition: great-grand (father, child etc)
    Chinese Definition:
    ①指与自己中间隔两代的亲属:曾祖父。曾孙。
    ②古同“增”,增加。
    ③竟,简直,还(h俰):“以君之力曾不能损魁父之丘,如太山、王屋何?”
    ④姓氏。

    Example Words:
    曾参 [ zēng shēn ]: Zeng Shen (505-435 BC), a.k.a. 曾子
    曾国藩 [ zēng guó fān ]: Zeng Guofan (1811-1872), Qing dynasty politician and military man
    曾外祖母 [ zēng wài ]: great-grandmother (mother's grandmother)
    曾外祖父 [ zēng wài ]: great-grandfather (mother's grandfather)
    曾子 [ zēng ]: Zengzi (505-435 BC), student of Confucius, presumed editor or author of Confucian classic the Great Learning 大学
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