使 shǐ: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

使 (shǐ) English Meaning

  • to cause
  • to enable
  • to use
  • to employ
  • to make
  • to send
  • to instruct somebody to do something
  • envoy
  • messenger

Traditional Character:  使

This character forms words in:

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

Sample Sentences

  • 投手使球旋转。
    Tóushǒu shǐ qiú xuánzhuǎn.
    The pitcher gave a spin to the ball.
  • 这情景使她心寒。
    Zhè qíngjǐng shǐ tā xīnhán.
    The sight sent a chill to her heart.
  • 我得使宝宝打嗝。
    Wǒ dé shǐ bǎobǎo dǎgé.
    I need to burp the baby.
  • 你愚蠢得使我寒心。
    Nǐ yúchǔn dé shǐ wǒ hánxīn.
    Your stupidity will drive me to despair.
  • 他设法使收支平衡。
    Tā shèfǎ shǐ shōu zhī pínghéng.
    He managed to make both ends meet.
  • 优胜者不使用药物。
    Yōushèng zhě bù shǐyòng yàowù.
    Winners don’t use drugs.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

使 (shǐ): to make; to cause; to enable; to use; to employ; to send; to instruct sb to do sth; envoy; messenger

  • 亻 (rén): man
  • 吏 (lì): minor government official or functionary (old)

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 使

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 促使 (cù shǐ): to induce; to promote; to urge; to impel; to bring about; to provoke; to drive (somebody to do something); to catalyze; to actuate; to contribute to (some development)
  • 使劲儿 (shǐ jìn r): to exert all one’s strength

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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