Meaning of 堪

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Pinyin: kān
English Definition: to endure; may; can
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 12; Radical:
Ideographic: One with a considerable amount of land
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ ] soil, earth; items made of earth
    • [ shén ] considerably; very, extremely; a great extent
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Example Words
不堪 kān cannot bear; cannot stand; utterly; extremely
堪称 kān chēng can be rated as; can be said to be
难堪 nán kān hard to take; embarrassed
堪培拉 kān péi Canberra, capital of Australia
不堪设想 kān shè xiǎng too horrible to contemplate; unthinkable; inconceivable
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Example Sentences
You may have been around for a while, but no one wants a jaded, world-weary person working for them.
Caracas' streets, though, may be even more chaotic than those of Colombia's capital.
Elsewhere in the world's second-largest economy, the situation is similarly worrying.
Its airport is cramped and dirty, too small for the volume it tries to handle and in a state of disrepair.
It all sounds kind of familiar, doesn't it? That's because it's precisely the policy prescription that got us into this mess. And it's the last place we want to go back to.