Meaning of 返

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Pinyin: fǎn
English Definition: to return (to)
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Ideographic: To walk backwards ; also provides the pronunciation
Character Formation:
  • Surround from lower left
    • [ chuò ] to walk; walking
    • [ fǎn ] reverse, opposite; contrary, anti-
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Example Words
返回 fǎn huí to return to; to come (or go) back
往返 wǎng fǎn to go back and forth; to go to and fro; round trip
返乡 fǎn xiāng to return to one's home town
返还 fǎn huán restitution; return of something to its original owner; remittance
遣返 qiǎn fǎn to repatriate (e.g. prisoners of war); to send back
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Example Sentences
Talking of my childhood, I'm forever grateful to my good parents. To them I owe my habit of living a quiet and simple life and my "back to nature" propensity.
He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.
When the government gives a household a dollar back in taxes, the dollar might be saved, which does not add to aggregate demand.
She wrote, "When Byron was home the last time, I said that I wanted to protect him like I had since he was born.
On Mothering Sunday the poor servants for the wealthy would have the day off and were encouraged to return home.