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作用 zuò yòng: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

作用 (zuò yòng) English Meaning

  • to act on
  • to affect
  • action
  • function
  • activity
  • impact
  • result
  • effect
  • purpose
  • intent
  • to play a role
  • corresponds to English -ity, -ism, -ization

Traditional Characters:  作用

作 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

用 forms words in:

HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

Corresponding Classifiers|Measure Words:

  • |(gè)

Sample Sentences

  • 盐对食物有防腐作用。
    Yán duì shíwù yǒu fángfǔ zuòyòng.
    Salt has a preservative effect on food.
  • 盐作用于冰而使其融化。
    Yán zuòyòng yú bīng ér shǐ qí rónghuà.
    The action of salt on ice causes it to melt.
  • 教师的作用是传授知识。
    Jiàoshī de zuòyòng shì chuánshòu zhīshì.
    A teacher’s aim is to impart knowledge.
  • 潮汐是月亮引力作用的结果。
    Cháoxī shì yuèliàng yǐnlì zuòyòng de jiéguǒ.
    The tides depend on the pull of the moon.
  • 物理学研究作用于物体上的力。
    Wùlǐ xué yánjiū zuòyòng yú wùtǐ shàng de lì.
    Physics deals with forces acting on concrete objects.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

作 (zuò): to do; to grow; to write or compose; to pretend; to regard as; to feel; writings or works

  • 亻 (rén): man
  • 乍 (zhà): at first; suddenly; abruptly; to spread; (of hair) to stand on end; bristling

用 (yòng): to use; to employ; to have to; to eat or drink; expense or outlay; usefulness; hence; therefore

  • (yòng): to use

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 作

HSK 1 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

  • 作业(zuò yè):  school assignment; homework; work; task; operation; to operate; CL:   個|个(gè)

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 用

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

  • 使用(shǐyòng): to use; to employ; to apply; to make use of
  • 作用(zuò yòng): to act on; to affect; action; function; activity; impact; result; effect; purpose; intent; to play a role; corresponds to English -ity, -ism, -ization; CL: 個|个(gè)

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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