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Meaning of 看

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Ideographic: Shielding one's eyes 目 with a hand 手 to look to the distance
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    • eye; to look, to see; division, topic
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  • Pinyin: kān

    English Definition: to look after; to take care of; to watch; to guard
    Chinese Definition:
    ①守护,监视:看护。看押。看门。看青(看守正在结实还未成熟的庄稼)。
    Example Words:
    看守 [ kān shǒu ]: to guard; to watch over
    看护 [ kān ]: to nurse; to look after; to watch over; (old) hospital nurse
    看守者 [ kān shǒu zhě ]: watchman
    看家 [ kān jiā ]: to look after the house; (of skill, ability) special; outstanding
    看押 [ kān ]: to detain; to take into custody; to imprison temporarily
  • Pinyin: kàn

    English Definition: to see; to look at; to read; to watch; to visit; to call on; to consider; to regard as; to look after; to treat (an illness); to depend on; to feel (that); (after verb) to give it a try; Watch out! (for a danger)
    Chinese Definition:
    ①使视线接触人或物:看见。看书。看齐。
    ②观察,判断:看病。观看。看好(根据市场情况,估计某种商品好销)。看透(透彻深刻地了解或认识。亦称“看破”、“看穿”)。看风使舵。
    ③访问,拜望:看望。看朋友。
    ④照应,对待:看重(zhòng)。看轻。看待。
    ⑤想,以为:看法。
    ⑥先试试以观察它的结果:做做看。
    ⑦提防,小心:别跑,看摔着。
    ⑧安排:看茶。看酒。看座。

    Example Words:
    看待 [ kàn dài ]: to look upon; to regard
    看望 [ kàn wàng ]: to visit; to pay a call to
    看来 [ kàn lai ]: apparently; it seems that
    难看 [ nán kàn ]: ugly; unsightly
    看不起 [ kàn bu ]: to look down upon; to despise
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