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English Definitionreason; argument; sense; principle; basis; justification
Simplified Script道理
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄉㄠˋ ㄌㄧ˙
Cantonese (Jyutping)dou6lei5
Part of Speech(名) noun
Measure Words
Proficiency Test LevelTOP=Basic
Word Decomposition
dàodirection; way; road; path; principle; truth; morality; reason; skill; method; Dao (of Daoism); to say; to speak; to talk; measure word for long thin things (rivers, cracks etc), barriers (walls, doors etc), questions (in an exam etc), commands, courses in a meal, steps in a process; province (of Korea or Japan)
texture; grain (of wood); inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); to manage; to pay attention to; to run (affairs); to handle; to put in order; to tidy up

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
道德dàodévirtue; morality; ethics
道路dàolùroad; path; way
道歉dàoqiànto apologize
道教dàojiàoTaoism; Daoism (Chinese system of beliefs)
道别dàobiéleave taking; to say goodbye
Words With Same Tail Word    
搭理dālivariant of 答理
答理dālito acknowledge; to respond; to answer; to pay attention; to heed; to deal with
不搭理bù dālivariant of 不答理
不答理bù dālito pay no heed to
大道理dà dàolimajor principle; general truth; sermon (reproof); bombastic talk
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