Meaning of 爱

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(Trad.: 愛)
Pinyin: ài
English Definition: to love; to be fond of; to like; affection; to be inclined (to do sth); to tend to (happen)
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Ideographic: To bring a friend 友 into one's house 冖
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • Above to below
      • claws, nails, talons
      • cover
    • friend, companion; fraternity
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Example Words:
爱不释手 [ ài shì shǒu ]: to love sth too much to part with it (idiom); to fondle admiringly
爱戴 [ ài dài ]: to love and respect; love and respect
热爱 [ ài ]: to love ardently; to adore
恋爱 [ liàn ài ]: (romantic) love; Classifiers: ; in love; to have an affair
爱护 [ ài ]: to cherish; to treasure; to take care of; to love and protect
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