Meaning of 翻

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Pinyin: fān
English Definition: to turn over; to flip over; to overturn; to rummage through; to translate; to decode; to double; to climb over or into; to cross
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 18; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (wings) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ fān ] to take turns, to repeat; to sow; a turn
    • [ ] feather, plume; wings
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Example Words
翻译 fān to translate; to interpret; translator; interpreter; translation; interpretation; Classifiers:
推翻 tuī fān to overthrow
翻身 fān shēn to turn over (when lying); (fig.) to free oneself; to emancipate oneself; to bring about a change of one's fortunes
翻阅 fān yuè to thumb through; to flip through (a book)
翻天覆地 fān tiān sky and the earth turning upside down (idiom); fig. complete confusion; everything turned on its head
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Example Sentences
A smaller vessel would have capsized, he said.
The boy turned over in bed.
He turns over in bed.
She flipped her bed over and found invisible alligators all over her room.
He turned over in bed and fell asleep again.