Meaning of 彼

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English Definition: that; those; (one) another
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (step) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ chì ] to step with the left foot
    • [ ] skin, hide, fur, feathers
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Example Words
彼此 each other; one another
彼岸 àn the other shore; (Buddhism) paramita
此起彼伏 up here, down there (idiom); to rise and fall in succession; no sooner one subsides, the next arises; repeating continuously; occurring again and again (of applause, fires, waves, protests, conflicts, uprisings etc)
知己知彼 zhī zhī know yourself, know your enemy (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孙子兵法 )
顾此失彼 shī lit. to attend to one thing and lose sight of another (idiom); fig. to be unable to manage two or more things at once; cannot pay attention to one thing without neglecting the other
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Example Sentences
I always thought my friend Pete had a good future.
There are use cases where one is better than the other and most nontrivial apps are a combination of both; it's not an either/or proposition.
You must know both your opponent and yourself.
So how do you lead and control a city or a state where most people don't know each other, and you can only personally persuade a very small percentage of the inhabitants?
In some instances, you might explore your options and move from one type of power to the next.