留 liú: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

留 (liú) English Meaning

  • to retain
  • to stay
  • to remain
  • to keep
  • to preserve
  • to leave (e.g. a message)

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

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

Sample Sentences

  • 留在这里等她。
    Liú zài zhèlǐ děng tā.
    Stay here and wait for her.
  • 他要你留在这里。
    Tā yào nǐ liú zài zhèlǐ.
    He wants you to stay here.
  • 给我留点冰淇淋。
    Gěi wǒ liú diǎn bīngqílín.
    Leave me a bit of ice cream.
  • 我想给汤姆留个言
    Wǒ xiǎng gěi tāngmǔ liú gè yán
    I’d like to leave a message for Tom.
  • 你还是留在这儿吧。
    Nǐ háishì liú zài zhè’er ba.
    You would do well to stay here.
  • 我想我最好留在这里。
    Wǒ xiǎng wǒ zuì hǎo liú zài zhèlǐ.
    I think I’d better stay here.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

留 (liú): to leave (a message, etc.); to retain; to stay; to remain; to keep; to preserve

  • (mǎo): mortise (slot cut into wood to receive a tenon); 4th earthly branch: 5-7 a.m., 2nd solar month (6th March-4th April), year of the Rabbit
  • (tián): field

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 留

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

  • 留(liú): to retain; to stay; to remain; to keep; to preserve; to leave (e.g. a message)

HSK 5 Word List

  • 保留(bǎo liú): to preserve; to maintain; to retain; to continue to have; to reserve; reservations; to hold back (approval or acceptance)

HSK 6 Word List

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