Taxonomy of meanings for 能:

  • nài (OC: nɯɯs MC: nəi) 奴代切 去 廣韻:【技能又姓何氏姓苑云長廣人 】
  • néng (OC: nɯɯŋ MC: nəŋ) 奴登切 平 廣韻:【工善也又獸名熊屬足似鹿亦賢能也奴登切又奴代奴來二切一 】
  • nái (OC: nɯɯ MC: nəi) 奴來切 平 廣韻:【爾雅謂三足鼈也又獸名禹父所化也奴來切又奴登切二 】
  • něng (OC: nɯɯŋʔ MC: nəŋ) 奴等切 上 廣韻:【夷人語奴等切本又奴登切一 】
    • be capable>ABLE
      • nabdispositioncapability; physical capability, concrete technical capability; potential, capacity 人各有能
      • vadNcapable, possessed of political clout, skilfull 能人
      • vt(+V[0])be able to perform a contexually determinate action or achieve a contextually determinate quality
      • vt[+V[0]]be capable and competent; be able to act, be in a position to act
      • vt+V[0]have the capacity to VERB properly, be constitutionally able to VERB; be physically capable of, be actually able to
      • vt+V[0]passivebe competently mastered
      • vt+V[0]subj=nonhuman(of non-human/inanimate subjects) be able to V
      • vt+V[0]temporarybe (temporarily) able to
      • vtoNbe capable of N 何能"what is he capable of" 能之
      • vtoNputativeconsider as capable
      • vtoNabshow a capacity for; be capable of Nab-ing
      • vt(oN)be capable of the contextually determinate thing
      • v[adN]N=humanmen who have qualifications/abilities
      • begin to be able>LEARN
        • be able and willing>INTEND
          • vt+V[0]be willing to
      • be able to put up with>ENDURE
        • vtoNbe able to tolerate, be able to sustain, be able to live in SUWEN能冬不能夏; HANSHU 中國之人不能其水土也
        • vt+V[0]be willing to V, accept V-ing
        • able to do things>EXCELLENT
          • v[adN]nonreferentialthe capable, the mighty, 尊賢使能
          • vt+V[0]have a good ability to (close to 善 "excel at" in meaning)
          • vtoNhave a good capacity for dealing with
          • vt[+V[0]]be capable, have excellent talents
          • vadNcapable, competent
          • cause to become excellent>CULTIVATE
            • vtoNcause to become capable (XUN); cultivate the talents of; treat well
          • able to dominate others>POWER
            • nabdispositionpower
        • able to give away things>GENEROUS
          • vtoNtreat well
          • mutually generous>HARMONY
            • vtoNbe mutually generous towards, cultivate harmonious relations with (each other) 相能
        • able to happen>POSSIBLE
          • vt+V[0]{PASS}can possibly come to be V-ed
          • very possible>PROBABLE
            • vt+V[0]modalbe likely to
          • so that it becomes possible>THEN
            • vadV.postN{SUBJ}:postSthen
      • BEAR