"Only" • Chinese-English Dictionary

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 bù guò only / merely / no more than / but / however / anyway (to get back to a previous topic) / cannot be more (after adjectival)
 zhǐ yǒu only
 wéi yī only / sole
 piān piān (indicates that sth turns out just the opposite of what one would wish) unfortunately / as it happened / (indicates that sth is the opposite of what would be normal or reasonable) stubbornly / contrarily / against reason / (indicates that sb or a group is singled out) precisely / only / of all people
 wú fēi only / nothing else
 wéi dú only / just (i.e. it is only that...) / all except / unique
 jiù at once / right away / only / just (emphasis) / as early as / already / as soon as / then / in that case / as many as / even if / to approach / to move towards / to undertake / to engage in / to suffer / subjected to / to accomplish / to take advantage of / to go with (of foods) / with regard to / concerning
 cái a moment ago / just now / (indicating sth happening later than expected) / (preceded by a clause of condition or reason) not until / (followed by a numerical clause) only
 guāng light / ray / CL:道[dao4] / bright / only / merely / to use up
 zhǐ shì merely / simply / only / but
 zhǐ bu guò only / merely / nothing but / no more than / it's just that ...
 jǐn jǐn barely / only / merely / only (this and nothing more)
 dān yī single / only / sole
 wéi yǒu only
 wéi yī only / sole / variant of 唯一[wei2 yi1]
 dān dān only / merely / just
 bì jīng unavoidable / the only (road, entrance etc)
 wéi dú only / solely / this one alone
 dú shēng only (child) / to be the sole survivor
 dàn but / yet / however / only / merely / still
 dān bill / list / form / single / only / sole / odd number / CL:個|个[ge4]
 ér qiě (not only ...) but also / moreover / in addition / furthermore
 dāng rán only natural / as it should be / certainly / of course / without doubt
 zhǐ yào if only / so long as
 zhǐ néng can only / obliged to do sth / to have no other choice
 bù jǐn not only (this one) / not just (...) but also
 bù dàn not only (... but also...)
 jǐn gōng only for
 bà le a modal particle indicating (that's all, only, nothing much)
 chú fēi only if (..., or otherwise, ...) / only when / only in the case that / unless
 bù zhǐ not only / not merely
 dàn yuàn if only (sth were possible) / I wish (that)
 dú yǒu to own exclusively / unique to / specific / there is only
 bù guāng not the only one / not only
 diǎn zhuì to decorate / to adorn / sprinkled / studded / only for show
 fāng néng can then (and only then)
 zhǐ gù solely preoccupied (with one thing) / engrossed / focusing (on sth) / to look after only one aspect
 mí hu muddle-headed / dazed / only half conscious
 fēi dàn not only
 bù dān not the only / not merely / not simply
 jǐn cì yú second only to... / (in second place) preceded only by...
 tiān jī mystery known only to heaven (archaic) / inscrutable twist of fate / fig. top secret
 dān zǐ the only son of a family / (functional programming or philosophy) monad
 shùn lǐ chéng zhāng logical / only to be expected / rational and clearly structured (of text)
 qīng yī sè monotone / only one ingredient / (mahjong) all in the same suit
 Mèng zǐ Mencius (c. 372-c. 289 BC), Confucian philosopher second only to Confucius / book of the same name, one of the classics of Confucianism
 qīng chá green tea / only tea (without food)
 dú shēng zǐ nu:3 an only child
 fāng zhī to realize only then
 dà tóng xiǎo yì virtually the same / differing only on small points
 jué wú jǐn yǒu one and only (idiom) / rarely seen / unique of its kind
 tān wán to only want to have a good time / to just want to have fun, and to shy away from self-discipline
 dài yè to await job assignment (term used only in mainland China)
 jí gōng jìn lì seeking instant benefit (idiom) / shortsighted vision, looking only for fast return
 nèi cān restricted document, available only to certain individuals such as high-ranking Party officials (abbr. for 內部參考|内部参考) / (literary) palace eunuch
使 jié dù shǐ Tang and Song dynasty provincial governor, in Tang times having military and civil authority, but only civil authority in Song
 yī zhī dú xiù lit. only one branch of the tree is thriving (idiom) / fig. to be in a league of one's own / outstanding
 wú dú yǒu ǒu not alone but in pairs (idiom, usually derog.) / not a unique occurrence / it's not the only case
 xiǎo huáng dì child emperor / (fig.) spoiled child / spoiled boy / pampered only child
 bì yóu zhī lù the road one must follow or take / the only way
 bàn tiáo mìng half a life / only half alive / barely alive / (scared, beaten etc) half to death
 qǐ zhǐ not only / far from / more than
 chún wén zì text only (webpage)
 wàng chén mò jí lit. to see only the other rider's dust and have no hope of catching up (idiom) / to be far inferior
 dú zǐ only son
 xíng shī zǒu ròu walking corpse (idiom) / zombie / person who lives only on the material level
 zhǐ xiāo to only need / it only takes
 zhì biāo to treat only the symptoms but not the root cause
 fāng square / power or involution (math.) / upright / honest / fair and square / direction / side / party (to a contract, dispute etc) / place / method / prescription (medicine) / just when / only or just / classifier for square things / abbr. for square or cubic meter
 jiā tú sì bì lit. with only four bare walls for a home (idiom) / fig. very poor / wretched
 dú shēng zǐ only son
 dú shēng nu:3 an only daughter
 tān shēng pà sǐ greedy for life, afraid of death (idiom) / craven and cowardly / clinging abjectly to life / only interested in saving one's neck
 kě yù bù kě qiú can be discovered but not sought (idiom) / one can only come across such things serendipitously
 bù dú not only
 bù èr fǎ mén the one and only way / the only proper course to take
 Zhōng guó Yín lián China UnionPay (CUP), China's only domestic bank card organization
 cì yú second after / second only to
 yǒu míng wú shí lit. has a name but no reality (idiom) / exists only in name / nominal
 jiù yóu zì qǔ to have only oneself to blame (idiom) / to bring trouble through one's own actions
 huàn tāng bù huàn yào different broth but the same old medicine (idiom) / a change in name only / a change in form but not in substance
 bǎi nián bù yù only met with once every hundred years (drought, flood etc)
 àn tú suǒ jì lit. looking for a fine horse using only a picture (idiom) / fig. to do things along rigid, conventional lines / to try and find sth with the help of a clue
 yīn xiǎo shī dà to save a little only to lose a lot (idiom)
 yǐn zhèn zhǐ kě lit. drinking poison in the hope of quenching one's thirst (idiom) / fig. a supposed remedy that only makes matters worse
 lín shí bào fó jiǎo lit. to clasp the Buddha's feet when danger arises (idiom) / fig. to profess devotion only when in trouble / doing things at the last minute / making a hasty last-minute effort
 shuò guǒ jǐn cún only remaining of the great (idiom) / one of the few greats extant
 bù wéi not only
 shí shí wù zhě wèi jùn jié Only an outstanding talent can recognize current trends (idiom). A wise man submits to circumstances.
 bù qiú shèn jiě lit. not requiring a detailed understanding (idiom) / only looking for an overview / not bothered with the details / superficial / content with shallow understanding
 yī yī dài shuǐ (separated only by) a narrow strip of water
 liàng rù wéi chū to assess one's income and spend accordingly (idiom) / to live within one's means / You can only spend what you earn.
 dài jià ér gū to sell only for a good price (idiom) / to wait for a good offer
 Jǐ only used in 濟濟|济济[ji3 ji3]
 fēi dú not only / not merely
 shǐ to begin / to start / then / only then
 tú jù to only have
 fēi tè not only
 qì xī yǎn yǎn to have only a breath of life (idiom)
 jiǔ náng fàn dài wine sack, food bag (idiom) / useless person, only fit for guzzling and boozing
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