Chinese Symbols and Meanings A

This page includes both Traditional and Simplified Chinese symbols whose English meanings begin with the letter A.

The symbols are sorted alphabetically by English meaning.

All entries on this page are grouped by second letter i.e. AB, AC, AD etc.

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Ab

Abalone, close friends
Abandon, give up, abolish, reject, waste, incapacitated, disabled
Abduct, kidnap
Abilities, experience, resources, qualifications, aid, help, supply
just/not until/only, potential, Ability, talent, gift, expert
Able, can, may, but
can/ability, potential, may, maybe, Able, energy, ability
Able, gram (unit of weight), (translit.)
About, around, approximately, agree, make an appointment, agreement, contract, appointment, rendezvous, engagement, reduce (math), bind, restrain, vague
on, Above, up, high, over, on top of, before, begin, get on, start, over
Abrupt, hurried
Absorb, breathe in, inhale, suck in, stick to, force of gravity, attract
Absurd, stupid, false, ignorant, selfish, reckless, rash
Abundant, rich, plentiful
Abuse, slander
Abuse, vilify, berate
Abuse, revile
Abyss, gulf, profound, deep

Ac

Accept, endure, suffer, tolerate, put up with, receive, take in
Accidental, coincidental, unexpected, chance, occasional, casual, image, idol, statue
Accompany, together with
Accordingly, based on, depend on, sieze, occupy, (据)
Account Entry, sum of money, look after, entertain, submit, article, section, paragraph, slow, intimate, sincere, heart felt
Accounts, bill, debt, credit
Accumulate, amass, collect, store
Accurate, aligned, centered, ready, resting, aim
Accuse, expose someone's secrets
Accuse, argue, dispute, litigate
Achieve, accomplish, service, deserve, result, earn, merit
Act, do, serve as, make, write, compose, create, author, creator, composer
Act, walk, go, do, work, publish, prevail
Act, move, do exercise, change, alter, action, movement, exercise, creature, happen
Act, perform, play, develop, evolve, exercise
Act, follow, adhere, progressive, orderly, step by step

Ad

Add, augment, increase
Add, attach, append, near, close, neighbour, vassal, satellite state, rely, depend on
Add, more, increase, replenish
Addiction, craving, strong desire
Adhere, capture, restrict, restrain, inflexible
Adjust, correct, nudge or move with finger or hand, dial, move aside, toy with, dispel, remove, appropriate
Adjust, harmonize
Admiration, disgust, interjection of admiration or disgust, click tongue to get attention
Admire, desire, yearn, adore
Admire, look up, raise head, lay back
Admonish, warn
Admonish, encourage, teach, instruct
Admonish, remonstrate
Adorn, ornaments
Adorn, make up, decorate
Advance, enlighten, teach
Advance, increase, promote, Jin State
Advise, council, prevail upon, urge, exhort, persuade, convince

Af

Affair, matter
Affectionate, solicitous
Afternoon, middle of afternoon, from 3 to 5 pm
Afterwards, then, after, back, behind, follow, rear guard, reinforcement, junior, queen, empress, descendant, furthermore

Ag

then/ Again, once more
Age, years
Age, heavenly stem (7th)
Agitate, disturb, cause trouble, experience disaster or other undesirable events, noisy, clamorous
Agitate, disturb, annoy
Agree, joke, jest, harmonize

Ah

Ah!!!, (particle: exclamatory)

Ai

Aid, help, benefit
Aid, help, assist, undress
Aid, assist, help
Aid, relief, charity, rich, wealthy, prosperous
Aid, benefit
Aim, look at
Air, atmosphere, energy, anger, smell
Air, atmosphere
Air Dry, sun dry

Al

Alchemist, polish, condense, smelt, refine, forge, temper
Alike, be like, seem, such as (e.g.), look like, resemble, appearance, picture, portrait, image
Alive, live, lively, active, energetic, flowing, mobile, survive, exist, vocation, work, movable, flexible, loose
Alkaline, soda, salt
All, each and every, both, entirely, even, already, (du1), city, town, metropolis
All, entirely, each and every
All, also, to be fair, equal, even, uniform
All, together, united, unanimous
All Together, assist, mutual
Allies, allience, pledge or oath of allegiance
Allow(ing)/give/giving, let, permit, yield, give permission
Allow, permit, promise, betroth
Allow, grant, permit, approve, standard, in accord
Allow, let, extreme, utmost
Allow, grant permision permit, consent
Alone, single, sole, only, independent
Alone, mosquito larvae, small, remaining, left over, lonely
Alone, lonely, isolated, solitary
Alone, desolate
Already, stop, cease, then, afterwards
Already, still, since, both, not only
Also, beside, still, too, and, either, grammar particle for affirmation
Also, and, more, again, and so, radical 29
Also, likewise, too
Alter, change, move, shift
Although, even though
Always, everything, assemble, gather, overall, total, general, in every case

Am

Amber, jewel in shape of tiger
Amiable, friendly
Ammonia, hydrogen nitride
Ample, broad, wide, rich, extensive, plentiful, play games, gamble
Ample, abundant
Amputate, cut off
Amuse, entertain, please, give pleasure
Amuse, please, enjoy

An

Analyze, separate, divide, explain, split wood, chop
Ancestors, descendants, forefathers, forebearers
Anchor, moor, secure, tie off
And, give, together with, (yu4), take part in, participate, (yu2)
And So, yet, then, but, otherwise
Angelica, type of iris
Anger, indignation, wrath, fury, hate, bear a grudge, complain
Anguish, sympathy, compassion
Ankle, ankle boan
Annals, chronicles, history
Annihilate, wipe out
Annihilate, exterminate, destroy
Annnounce, declare, organize
Announce, inform, tell, accuse, say
Announce, declare, make known, organize, distribute, cloth, cotton, canvas, sacking, curtain
Announce, proclaim, declare
Answer, respond, reply, echo, agree
Ant, leach
Ant Hill, ant mound
Anxious, apprehensive
Anxious, grieved, sad

Ap

Ape, orangutang
Ape, monkey
Apologise, regret, lacking, insufficient, deficient
Appear, appears, looks as if, position in such a way that, make to look as if, show, present
countenance/ Appearance, figure, form, hold, contain, tolerate, put up with, easy, allow
Appearance, countenance
Appease, calm, pacify
Apply, display, distribute, dispense, execute, carry out, use, take action, act, employ
Apply, spread, put on, (perfunctory)
Appoint, deputize, commision, send, give up, frustrated, dispirited, really, truly, indeed
Appointment, select, choose
Apprehension, anxiexty, concern, take into account, show concern, consider, worry
Apprentice, desciple, follower
Approach, reach, overlook, on the verge of, near, face towards, copy, imitate
Apricot, almond, orangey yellow color

Aq

Ar

Arch, arched, lofty, vast
Arch, salute, encirle, surround, cup hand, place fist to palm (yin yang salute)
Area/zone, district, region, ward, border, zone, distinguish
Argue, dispute, contradict, refute
Argue, debate, particle indicating obviousness
Argue, quarrel
Armlet, bracelet
Armour, chain mail
Army, military, soldiers, troops
Aroma, fragrance, smell
Aromatic, fragrant, fragrant smell of grain
Arouse, excite, stimulate, incite, violent, heated, unusual, drastic
Arrage, drive off, expel, cast off
Arrange, lay out, set up, furnish, estabilish, devise, plan out, display, what if..., supposing...
Arrange, line up, discharge, dispel, expel, platoon
Arrange, list, group, compile, organize, knit, weave
Arrange, draw up, edit, reserve, make a reservation, subscribe, place an order, sign (agreement or contract or treaty)
Arrange, fold back, draw back, collect ones self, control ones self
Arrange, mediate, logical order
Arrive, reach, attain, aquire, appear, attend
Arrive, go, leave, them, him, her, (relational: possesive)
Arrive, arrive at the most extreme point, reach, attain, extreme, very, most
Arrive, expire, when an appointed time arrives, appointed time, appointment time
Arrow, dart
Arrow Barb, javelin head
Art, talent, ability, skill

As

Ascend, rise, lift, attain, advance, promote, hoist, transfer, volume measure
Ascend, rise
Ashamed, embarassed, conscience stricken﹣worthy
Ashamed, mortified
Ashes, remnants, embers
Ask, question, problem, inquire
Askance, look at askance
Aspiratiion, willful, determined, decide, will, sign, mark, record, annals, footnote
Assault, attack, accuse, criticize
Assemble, put together
Assist, help, support, group, gang, party
Assist, help, protective bars on the side of carts, cheeks
Assist, secondary, deputy, auxiliary, back up, assistant, deputy, copilot, vice…
Assist, support, accompany, compensate, keep company, be with
Assist, aid, second, subordinate
Assist, help, respect, ready to fly
Assist, support, sustain, give a helping hand, hold up
Assist, help, lead by hand
Assistant, partner, companion, colleague
Astringent, tart, acerbic, harsh, uneven, rough, grating
Astute, far sighted

At

Attack, rush in, wear, suit of clothes
Attend, attend to, engage in, strive, ensure, duty, business, affairs
proceed/go to, go towards, go forward, Attend
Attitude, manner, bearing
Attract, draw in, absorb, take a photograph, camera, summon, produce, pay attention to, administer, act as deputy or substitute or regent
Attract, tempt, entice

Au

Augment, decorate
Autumn, fall, harvest time
Autumn, heaven

Av

Avoid, evade, spare from, excuse, remove
Avoid, shun, evade, flee, leave, escape, retire, get out of the way, repel, keep away, prevent, contraceptive, hide, conceal

Aw

Await, hope for, expect
Awaken, wake up, startle, sober up
Award, honor, appreciate, please, enjoy
Award, praise, recognize

Ax

Axe, axe shaft, axe handle, stalk, bough, stem, trunk
Axe, sharp, keen, shrewd, catty, radical 69
Axe, hatchet, cutter

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