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English Definitionimportant; vital; to want; to ask for; will; going to (as future auxiliary); may; must; (used in a comparison) must be; probably; if
See alsoyāo to demand; to request; to coerce
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Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo) ㄧㄠˋ
Cantonese (Jyutping)jiu3
Part of Speech(动) verb, (副) adverb, (助动) auxiliary verb
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=2; TOP=Basic

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Words With Same Head Word    
要紧yàojǐnimportant; urgent
要不yàobùotherwise; or else; how about...?; either... (or...)
要好yàohǎoto be on good terms; to be close friends; striving for self-improvement
要点yàodiǎnmain point; essential
要不然yàobù ránotherwise; or else; or
Words With Same Tail Word    
重要zhòngyàoimportant; significant; major
主要zhǔyàomain; principal; major; primary
需要xūyàoto need; to want; to demand; to require; requirement; need
不要bùyàodon't!; must not
只要zhǐyàoif only; so long as
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