Meaning of 牵

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(Trad.: 牽)
Pinyin: qiān
English Definition: to lead along; to pull (an animal on a tether); (bound form) to involve; to draw in
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Ideographic: A person pulling an ox by a rope
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ ] big, great, vast, high, deep
    • Above to below
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Example Words
牵头 qiān tóu to lead (an animal by the head); to take the lead; to coordinate (a combined operation); to mediate; a go-between (e.g. marriage broker)
牵动 qiān dòng to affect; to produce a change in sth
牵挂 qiān guà to worry about; to be concerned about
牵引 qiān yǐn to pull; to draw (a cart); to tow
牵涉 qiān shè to involve; implicated
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Example Sentences
This theory seems a bit far-fetched.
The coach told me to stretch my ligaments.
He took my hand and led me across the street.
We must address this issue systemically.
This kind of thing inevitably involves some legal issues.