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Meaning of 要

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Ideographic: A woman with hands on her waist
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  • Above to below
    • [ ] west, western, westward
    • [ ] woman, girl; female
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  • Pinyin: yào

    English Definition: important; vital; to want; to ask for; will; going to (as future auxiliary); may; must; (used in a comparison) must be; probably; if
    Chinese Definition:
    ①索取:要账。要价。
    ②希望,想:要强。要好。
    ③请求:她要我给她读报。
    ④重大,值得重视的:重要。要人。要领。纲要。要言不烦。
    ⑤应该,必须:须要。
    ⑥将(jiāng):将要。快要。
    ⑦如果,倘若:要是。
    ⑧表选择:要么。要不。要不然。

    Example Words:
    战略要点 [ zhàn lüè yào diǎn ]: strategic point
    生产要素 [ shēng chǎn yào ]: factors of production
    简要介绍 [ jiǎn yào jiè shào ]: brief introduction
    说话要算数 [ shuō huà yào suàn shù ]: promises must be kept
  • Pinyin: yāo

    English Definition: to demand; to request; to coerce
    Chinese Definition:
    ①求,有所倚仗而强求:要求。要挟。
    ②古同“腰”。
    ③古同“邀”,中途拦截。
    ④古同“邀”,约请。
    ⑤姓氏。

    Example Words:
    权利要求 [ quán yāo qiú ]: claim to rights (copyright, patent etc)
    要晕 [ yāo yūn ]: confused; dazed
    基本要求 [ běn yāo qiú ]: a basic requirement; prerequisites
    要求赔偿 [ yāo qiú péi cháng ]: to demand compensation
    要求 [ yāo qiú ]: to request; to require; requirement; to stake a claim; to ask; to demand; Classifiers:
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