yǐ to use; according to; so as to

Made up of [ rén person radical 9, hidden; concealed; small radical 5]

Note

An old pictograph of a mouth making a sound, no connection with current borrowed meaning
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using rén : zuò (seat) chá (tea) jīn (modern) zuò (sit) cóng (from) zhòng (many) jiǔ (long time) lìng (to order) shí (eat) shè (residence) huì (can) hé (why)
Using : kǒng (great) chī (to eat) xí (to practice) 亿 yì (100,000,000) lǐ (ceremony) mài (sell) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yě (also) mǎi (buy) jiǔ (nine) lìng (to order) hé (why)

Sounds same

yǐ (hidden) yǐ (chair) yǐ (already)

Different tone

yī (one) yī (doctor) yī (clothes) yī (clothes) yí (proper) yì (easy) 亿 yì (100,000,000) yì (justice) yì (also) yì (city) yì (catch) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yì (idea) yì (different)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 以
Stroke order for character 以, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

日以继夜 rì yǐ jì yè Working without a break. Exhausted
授人以鱼只解一时之急,授人以渔 则解一生之需 shòu rén yǐ yú zhǐ jiù yī shí zhī jí, shòu rén yǐ yú zé jiě yī shēng zhī xū It is important to learn a skill that will last for life
星星之火可以燎原 xīng xīng zhī huǒ kě yǐ liáo yuán Need for great care and meticulous planning
以卵击石 yǐ luǎn tóu shí Overrate strength and be defeated. An ill-judged contest

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