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English Definitionto place upside down; to invert; to pour; to throw out; to move backwards; however; actually; as a matter of fact; contrary to expectation
See alsodǎo to fall; to collapse; to overthrow; to fail; to go bankrupt; to change (trains or buses); to move around; to resell at a profit
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Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo) ㄉㄠˋ
Cantonese (Jyutping)dou3
Part of Speech(动) verb, (副) adverb
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=5; TOP=Intermediate

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Words With Same Head Word    
倒退dàotuìto fall back; to go in reverse
倒数dàoshùinverse number; reciprocal (math.)
倒像dàoxiànginverted image; reversed image (e.g. upside down)
倒刺dàocìbarb; barbed tip (e.g. of fishhook)
Words With Same Tail Word    
反倒fǎndàobut on the contrary; but expectedly
倾倒qīngdàoto dump; to pour; to empty out
却倒quèdàobut on the contrary; but unexpectedly
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