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Meaning of 歉

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Pinyin: qiàn
English Definition: to apologize; to regret; deficient
Chinese Definition:
①觉得对不住人:歉意。歉疚。抱歉。道歉。
②收成不好:歉年。歉岁。歉收。以丰补歉。
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Total strokes: 14; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (lack) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ jiān ] both, and; at the same time; to unite, to combine
    • [ qiàn ] to lack, to owe; to breathe, to yawn
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Example Words
道歉 dào qiàn to apologize
抱歉 bào qiàn to be sorry; to feel apologetic; sorry!
歉意 qiàn apology; regret
歉疚 qiàn jiù remorseful; guilt-ridden
致歉 zhì qiàn to apologize; to express regret
More: 歉* | *歉 | *歉*
Example Sentences
1
A: I apologize for calling you this early in the morning.
2
81
The 81-year-old woman apologized to the driver, Yin Hongbin, but the news ricocheted around the Chinese press.
3
I climb up on the table and apologize.
4
I am here to apologize to you.
5
He apologises, asks if the seat beside her is taken and then appears to engage her in polite conversation.