Meaning of 要

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Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Ideographic: A woman with hands on her waist
Character Formation:
  • 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
    Example Words:
    主要 [ zhǔ yào ]: main; principal; major; primary
    重要 [ zhòng yào ]: important; significant; major
    需要 [ yào ]: to need; to want; to demand; to require; requirement; need
    只要 [ zhǐ yào ]: if only; so long as
    要是 [ yào shi ]: (coll.) if
    More: 要* | *要 | *要*
  • Pinyin: yāo

    English Definition: to demand; to request; to coerce
    Example Words:
    要求 [ yāo qiú ]: to request; to require; requirement; to stake a claim; to ask; to demand; Classifiers:
    More: 要* | *要 | *要*
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