wèi do; act

Made up of [ strength radical 19, zhǔ dot radical 3]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Old form is of hand combing fibers, the modern form retains a 'hand' element
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using : nán (male) dòng (to use) gōng (accomplishment) láo (to toil) lìng (other) lì (to experience)
Using zhǔ : tài (too) yù (jade) lì (beautiful) wū (crow) yì (justice) zhōu (prefecture) zhǔ (owner) zhù (to live) dì (younger brother) bái (bright) sháo (spoon) duì (to cash) lìng (to order) yóu (outstanding) liáng (good) pù (store)

Sounds same

wèi (not yet) wèi (position)

Different tone

wéi (proud) wéi (to preserve)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 为
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Proverbs

古为今用 gǔ wéi jīn yòng Learning from history. Applying past history to the current situation
见义勇为 jiàn yì yǒng wéi To see what is right and act with courage
宁为玉碎,不为瓦全 nìng wéi yù suì, bù wéi wǎ quán Better to persevere than face destruction by standing out
巧妇难为无米之炊 qiǎo fù nán wéi wú mǐ zhī chuī You need to assemble the right materials for a job
三十六计,走为上策 sān shí liù jì, zǒu wéi shàng cè Sometimes it is best to avoid conflict altogether. Flight can be the best option
生活有爱幸福,为爱生活愚蠢 shēng huó yǒu ài xìngfú, wèi ài shēng huó yú chǔn Love is not the most important thing

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