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Pinyin: bèi
English Definition: quilt; by; (indicates passive-voice clauses); (literary) to cover; to meet with; (coll.) (since c. 2009) used before a verb that does not accurately represent what actually happened, to describe with black humor how sb or sth was dealt with by the authorities (as in 被自杀 )
Chinese Definition:
①睡觉时覆盖身体的东西:被子。被单。棉被。毛巾被。羽绒被。被褥。
②盖,遮覆:被覆。泽被后世(恩惠遍及后代)。
③遭遇,遭受:被灾。被难(nàn)。
④介词,用在句中表示主讲是受事者:他被(老板)辞退了。
⑤用在动词前,表示受动:被动。被告。被批评。被剥削。

Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (cloth) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words:
被子 [ bèi zi ]: quilt; Classifiers:
被告 [ bèi gào ]: defendant
被动 [ bèi dòng ]: passive
被迫 [ bèi ]: to be compelled; to be forced
被告人 [ bèi gào rén ]: defendant (in legal case)
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