"What" • Chinese-English Dictionary

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 rú hé how / what way / what
 duō me how (wonderful etc) / what (a great idea etc) / however (difficult it may be etc) / (in interrogative sentences) how (much etc) / to what extent
 shá zi (dialect) what
 shén me what? / something / anything
 wèi shén me why? / for what reason?
 zěn yàng how / what kind
 duō shao how much? / how many? / (phone number, student ID etc) what number?
 wú lùn no matter what or how / regardless of whether...
 zuì hǎo best / (you) had better (do what we suggest)
 suǒ wèi so-called / what is called
 kě xī it is a pity / what a pity / unfortunately
 shén me shí hou when? / at what time?
 shén me yàng what kind? / what sort? / what appearance?
 nǎ xiē which ones? / who? / what?
 gàn shén me what are you doing? / what's he up to?
 shén me shì what? / which?
 shén me shì what is ...?
 xīn zēng newly added / additional / to add (to what already exists)
 bù lùn whatever / no matter what (who, how etc) / regardless of / not to discuss
 bù míng bái does not understand / fails to realize (intuitively) what is going on
 dào shi contrary to what one might expect / actually / contrariwise / why don't you
 xīn dé what one has learned (through experience, reading etc) / knowledge / insight / understanding / tips / CL:項|项[xiang4],個|个[ge4]
 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
 suǒ dé what one acquires / one's gains
 jǐ diǎn what time? / when?
 suǒ néng according to one's capabilities / what sb is capable of
 gàn má what are you doing? / whatever for? / why on earth?
 hé jì to add up the total / to figure what sth amounts to / to consider
 wú lùn rú hé whatever the case / in any event / no matter what / by all possible means
 zhè bu (coll.) As a matter of fact, ... (used to introduce evidence for what one has just asserted)
 wén yán to have heard what was said
 zhì fú to subdue / to check / to bring under control / (in former times) what one is allowed to wear depending on social status / uniform (army, party, school etc) / livery (for company employees) / CL:套[tao4]
 suǒ zhī known / what one knows
 zāo gāo too bad / how terrible / what bad luck / terrible / bad
 suǒ cháng what one is good at
 bù zhī suǒ cuò not knowing what to do (idiom) / at one's wits' end / embarrassed and at a complete loss
 zài na r (adverbial expression indicating that the attention of the subject of the verb is focused on what they are doing, not distracted by anything else) / just ...ing (and nothing else)
 suǒ jiàn seen / what one sees
 hé děng what kind? / how, what / somewhat
 suǒ xiǎng what one considers / one's thoughts
 shí kuàng live (e.g. broadcast or recording) / what is actually happening / scene / the real situation
 kàn bu dǒng unable to make sense of what one is looking at
 suǒ wéi what one does / doings
 tīng huà to do what one is told / obedient
 hé zài where? / what place?
 yán xíng words and actions / what one says and what one does
 tīng bu dǒng unable to make sense of what one is hearing
 biāo dì target / aim / objective / what one hopes to gain
 róng rǔ guān precepts regarding what is honorable and what is shameful (in particular, refers to the Socialist Concepts on Honors and Disgraces, PRC official moral principles promulgated from 2006) / abbr. for 社會主義榮辱觀|社会主义荣辱观 / also known as the Eight Honors and Eight Shames 八榮八恥|八荣八耻[Ba1 Rong2 Ba1 Chi3]
 rèn píng no matter what / despite / to allow (sb to act arbitrarily)
 jǐ shí what time? / when?
 bǐ xià the wording and purport of what one writes
 sǐ huó life or death / fate / no matter what / anyway / for the life of me
 hǎo yì si to have the nerve / what a cheek! / to feel no shame / to overcome the shame / (is it) proper? (rhetorical question)
 jiàn wén what one has seen and heard / knowledge / one's experience
 hé wèi (literary) what is? / what is the meaning of?
 hé qù hé cóng what course to follow / what path to take
 kàn cuò to misinterpret what one sees or reads / to misjudge (sb) / to mistake (sb for sb else) / to misread (a document)
 dé xīn yìng shǒu lit. what the heart wishes, the hand accomplishes (idiom) skilled at the job / entirely in one's element / going smoothly and easily
 gàn shá do what?
 yán cí words / expression / what one says
 bù guǎn zěn yàng in any case / no matter what
 tīng wén to listen / to hear what sb says / news one has heard
 kàn dǒng to understand what one is reading or watching
 zěn de what for / why / how
 yán tán discourse / words / utterance / what one says / manner of speech
 yuán hé why? / for what reason?
 zěn me zhāo what? / how? / how about? / whatever / also pr. [zen3 me5 zhe5]
 hé fáng what harm is there in (doing sth)
 shǒu zú wú cuò at a loss to know what to do (idiom) / bewildered
 jiàn yì yǒng wéi to see what is right and act courageously (idiom, from Analects) / to stand up bravely for the truth / acting heroically in a just cause
 xū shí what is true and what is false / (to get to know) the real situation
 hé gù what for? / what's the reason?
 xīn li huà (to express one's) true feelings / what is on one's mind / secret mind
 xiā shuō to talk drivel / to assert sth without a proper understanding or basis in fact / not to know what one is talking about
 wú suǒ shì cóng not knowing which course to follow (idiom) / at a loss what to do
 suǒ wén heard / what one hears
 suǒ liào expectation / what one anticipates
 hòu shì future events / and what happened next... (in fiction) / funeral arrangements
 suǒ sī what one thinks
 hé lè ér bù wéi What can you have against it? (idiom) / We should do this. / Go for it!
 bié guǎn no matter (who, what etc)
 shēn tǐ lì xíng to practice what one preaches (idiom)
 suǒ jiàn jí suǒ dé What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG)
 bù zhī suǒ yún to not know what sb is driving at / to be unintelligible
 chū gé to overstep the bounds of what is proper / to take sth too far / (of a measuring device) to go off the scale
 qiú zhī bù dé lit. seek but fail to get (idiom) / fig. exactly what one’s been looking for
 guì xìng what is your surname? / (May I ask) your surname?
 tīng xìn to listen to information / to get the news / to believe what one hears
 kǒu fēng meaning behind the words / what sb really means to say / one's intentions as revealed in one's words / tone of speech
 hé xǔ (literary) what place / what time / how
 liàng lì ér xíng to assess one's capabilities and act accordingly (idiom) / to act within one's competence / One does what one can.
 qǔ cháng bǔ duǎn lit. use others' strengths to make up for one's weak points (idiom from Mencius) / to use this in place of that / what you lose on the swings, you win on the roundabouts
 duō many / much / often / a lot of / numerous / more / in excess / how (to what extent) / multi- / Taiwan pr. [duo2] when it means "how"
退 zhī nán ér tuì to sound out the difficulties and retreat to avoid defeat (idiom) / fig. to back out of an awkward situation / to get out on finding out what it's really like
 shí huò to know what's what
 hé gān what business?
 yì bù yì qū to blindly follow suit (idiom) / to imitate slavishly / to do what everyone else is doing
 chá yán guān sè to weigh up sb's words and observe their facial expression (idiom) / to discern what sb thinks from his body language
 rén yún yì yún to say what everyone says (idiom) / to conform to what one perceives to be the majority view / to follow the herd
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