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(Trad.: 賣)
Pinyin: mài
English Definition: to sell; to betray; to spare no effort; to show off or flaunt
Chinese Definition:
①拿东西换钱,与“买”相对:卖菜。卖身。买卖。卖方。卖狗皮膏药(喻说得好听,实际上是骗人)。
②背叛祖国、亲友或自己的良心:卖友,卖国求荣。卖身投靠。
③尽量使出力气:卖力。卖命。卖劲儿。
④显示自己,表现自己:卖弄。卖乖。倚老卖老。
⑤售销买。

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Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (buy) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • ten, tenth; complete; perfect
    • to buy, to purchase; to bribe, to persuade
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Example Words:
出卖灵魂 [ chū mài líng hún ]: to sell one's soul
出卖 [ chū mài ]: to offer for sale; to sell; to sell out or betray
贩卖 [ fàn mài ]: to sell; to peddle; to traffic
买卖 [ mǎi mài ]: buying and selling; business; business transactions; Classifiers:
卖国 [ mài guó ]: to sell one's country; treason
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