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倒 dào: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

This Word has 2 Different Pronunciations

倒 (dào) English Meaning

  • to move backwards
  • converse
  • to place upside down
  • to invert
  • to throw out
  • however
  • actually
  • as a matter of fact
  • contrary to expectation

倒 (dǎo) English Meaning

  • to fall
  • to collapse
  • to lie horizontally
  • to overthrow
  • to fail
  • to go bankrupt
  • to change (trains or buses)
  • to move around
  • to resell at a profit

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

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

Sample Sentences

  • 他吓得毛发倒竖。
    Tā xià dé máofǎ dǎo shù.
    His hair stood on end in fear.
  • 谚人倒众人踩。
    Yàn rén dǎo zhòngrén cǎi.
    Everyman for himself.
  • 谚墙倒众人推。
    Yàn qiáng dǎo zhòngrén tuī.
    When a man is going down-hill, everyone will give him a push.
  • 倒果汁前,先把瓶子摇几下。
    Dào guǒzhī qián, xiān bǎ píngzi yáo jǐ xià.
    Give the bottle a couple of shakes before pouring the juice.
  • 倒杯水把药片放进去溶解了。
    Dào bēi shuǐ bǎ yàopiàn fàng jìnqù róngjiěle.
    Fill a glass with water and dissolve this tablet in it.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

HSK 4 dao 4
  • 亻 (rén): man
  • (dào): to (a place); until (a time); up to; to go; to arrive; (verb complement denoting completion or result of an action)

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 倒

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 倒霉 (dǎo méi): have bad luck; be out of luck
  • 摔倒 (shuāi dǎo): to fall down; to slip and fall; to throw somebody to the ground;

HSK 6 Word List

  • 倒闭 (dǎo bì): to go bankrupt; to close down
  • 颠倒 (diān dǎo): to turn upside-down; to reverse; back-to-front; confused; deranged; crazy
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