Meaning of 淹

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Pinyin: yān
English Definition: to flood; to submerge; to drown; to irritate the skin (of liquids); to delay
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (water) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
淹没 yān to submerge; to drown; to flood; to drown out (also fig.)
范仲淹 fàn zhòng yān Fan Zhongyan (989-1052), minister of Northern Song who led the failed reform of 1043, author of On Yueyang Tower 岳阳楼记
淹死 yān to drown
淹博学问 yān xué wen deep and wide in learning (idiom)
淹蓋 yān gài to submerge; to flood; to drown out
More: 淹* | *淹 | *淹*
Example Sentences
The flood has submerged many households.
The massive flood submerged the entire city.
The heavy downpour caused many roads to be submerged.
The city has been flooded and almost the entire surface is now covered in water.
Due to the heavy rain, the streets were flooded everywhere, causing traffic congestion.