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English Definitionwould rather; better
Simplified Script宁愿
Traditional Script寧願
Pinyinnìngyuàn, Taiwan pr. níngyuàn
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄋㄧㄥˋ ㄩㄢˋ
Cantonese (Jyutping)ning4jyun6
Part of Speech(形) adjective
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=6; TOP=Intermediate
Word Decomposition
nìngwould rather; to prefer; how (emphatic)
yuànto hope; to wish; to desire; hoped-for; ready; willing; sincere

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
宁可nìngkěpreferably; one would prefer to...(or not to...); would rather; (would) be better to; (to pick) the lesser of two evils
宁肯nìngkěnwould rather...; it would be better...; would prefer
宁左勿右nìng zuǒ wù yòu(of one's political views) to prefer left rather than right (idiom during the Cultural Revolution)
宁死不屈nìng sǐ bùqūrather die than submit (idiom)
宁缺勿滥nìng quē wù lànsame as 宁缺毋滥
Words With Same Tail Word    
志愿zhìyuànaspiration; ambition; to volunteer
自愿zìyuànvoluntary; voluntarily
许愿xǔyuànto make a wish; to make a vow; to promise a reward
祝愿zhùyuànto wish
意愿yìyuànaspiration; wish (for); desire
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