Taxonomy of meanings for 事:

  • zì (OC: tsrɯs MC: tʂɨ) 側吏切 去 廣韻:【事刃又作剚倳 】
  • shì (OC: dzrɯs MC: dʐɨ) 鉏吏切 去 廣韻:【使也立也由也鉏吏切又側吏切二 】
    • EVENT
      • nabeventaffair; (historical) event, historical episode (e.g. a battle); particularly: noteworthy event. Often: noteworty sacrificial event
      • SITUATION
        • nabstativesituation, what is really going on
        • nadVunder the circumstances
        • npost-Nthe matter of N; the problem of N [Note that the construction must probably be taken as one of apposition! CH]
        • THING
          • nabmetaphysicalaffairs; matter, thing; subject matter (of a painting) 不然之事
          • nabbuddhistBUDDH: phenomenon (pertaining to the relative truth as opposed to lǐ 理 which points to underlying true nature of things)
          • nab{PRED}.post-Vbe an V matter
        • WORRY
          • nabstativetroublesome affairs, troublesome eventualities 無事
          • vtoNworry about
      • event caused by an agent>ACT
        • nabactphysical action; action; undertaking; concrete performance
        • viacttake action
        • vtoNinterfere with; deal with
        • strenuous act>EFFORT
          • viactmake effort
          • nabacteffort used in the performance of work; strategic effort
          • consistent organised effort>WORK
            • nab.post-Nthe matter for which N is responsible, the task of N
            • nab.post-V{NUM}act(especially official) matter, especially: public task, official business; public event; public project, (military) undertaking, task; one's professional concern 五事
            • nab.red:-V{NUM}actevery task, every piece of work
            • nabactofficial business; official purpose; public affairs; public duties 倦於事
            • viactengage in public or official work
            • vtoNwork at, try to achieve; busy oneself with, interfere with
            • nab.post-V{NUM}actkinds of official task
            • nab.post-Nthe public tasks and official affairs of N
            • vtoNoccupy oneself with in a public capacity, as public business
            • nabimportant business to work on
            • nab[.post-N]his/one's own proper task
            • work on behalf of>SERVE
              • nabactpublic service; public tasks
              • nabactservice
              • vt[oN]enter service; serve one's ruler; servein public office
              • vt(oN)serve the contextually determinate person
              • vtoNserve (as minister or aide, as one state another etc.), be in the service of; enter the services of; side with; specifically: serve and cultivate through gifts; attend to
              • vtoNcausativeto employ (somebody) for public service
              • vtoNpassivebe served
              • vtoNactserve (the spirits etc)
              • vttoN1+.vtoN2to serve (somebody N1) (through something N2)
              • vtoNimperativeserve N!
              • vtoNserve obediently as a guide or teacher
          • someone who serves>OFFICIAL
            • nSHI: functionary
          • cause to become an official>EMPLOY
            • vtoNemploy in service
          • purposeful aimed effort>STRIVE FOR
            • nabsocialmain striving, main aim, main business
            • vt+prep+Npsychstrive particularly for, in practical as well as intellectual ways; be mainly concerned with
            • vtoNpsychhave as one's main concern; make something one's own business; show concern for
            • vt+V[0]have as one's task to V