Meaning of 通

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Antonyms: 住宿
Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (walk) conveys the meaning.
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  • Pinyin: tōng
    English Definition: to go through; to know well; (suffix) expert; to connect; to communicate; open; to clear; classifier for letters, telegrams, phone calls etc
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    通过 tōng guò by means of; through; via; to pass through; to get through; to adopt; to pass (a bill or inspection etc); to switch over
    交通 jiāo tōng to be connected; traffic; transportation; communications; liaison
    普通 tōng common; ordinary; general; average
    通知 tōng zhī to notify; to inform; notice; notification; Classifiers:
    通信 tōng xìn to correspond (by letter etc); to communicate; communication
    More: 通* | *通 | *通*
  • Pinyin: tòng
    English Definition: classifier for an activity, taken in its entirety (tirade of abuse, stint of music playing, bout of drinking etc)
    Example Words:
    一通 tòng one time; once
    More: 通* | *通 | *通*
Example Sentences
In that context, it seems perfectly reasonable for the CEO of a company to be saying here is the ground rules of how I want this business to operate.
They believe that their partners and kids should know them well enough and should just know...but that may not be the case.
The idea is good but is not workable.
Well, as with anything in biology, nothing really makes sense, except in the light of evolution.
People could pass through freely but any vehicle could not.