Taxonomy of meanings for 觀:

  • guān (OC: koon MC: kʷɑn) 古丸切 平 廣韻:【視也又音灌 】
  • guàn (OC: koons MC: kʷɑn) 古玩切 去 廣韻:【樓觀釋名曰觀者於上觀望也説文曰諦視也爾雅曰觀謂之闕亦姓左傳楚有觀起又音官 】
    • LOOK
        • specifically>READ
          • viactread texts
          • vtoNglance at, look over, read through
        • with approval>ADMIRE
          • vtoNbehold, regard with respect
          • vtoNpassivebe observed with respect, be admired
      • object>SHAPE
        • nabfeatureshape, looks, the way one looks
        • causative>SHOW
          • vtoNindicate indirectly
          • vttoN1.+prep+N2flaunt N1 to N2; make a show of N1 to N2
          • vtt(+N.)-vtoN{OBJ}show
          • give to understand>REPORT
              觀之伐齊 HF
          • systematically>INSPECT
            • nab.tactinspection/examination/appreciation of N
            • nabacta visit, an inspection
            • vt+prep+Nto visit (a place); survey (an event); survey intellectually
            • vtoNsurvey formaly, inspect (a military force); review (troops); go to look at (paintings)
            • complex object>SURVEY
              • nabactmeditation
              • viactlook at and enjoy things, look around; behold 觀者"beholder"
              • vt+prep+Nsurvey; sometimes perhaps: be sight-seeing at
              • vt+prep+Nfigurativelook upon (somebody); have a view on (somebody)
              • vtoNhave a good look at, survey, have a look at and enjoy, visit to have a look at, sound out; poetically: gaze at
              • vtoNfigurativelook upon (something); look (on things) SeeBELIEVE.
              • vtoNPab{S}enjoy the sight how S
              • vadNobservation-, as in 觀臺 "observation tower"
              • what one may survey>LANDSCAPE
                • nscenery, landscape, outlook
              • with approval>ENJOY
                  觀其辟丸 GULIANG
                  • in the context of tourism>TRAVEL
                    • vtoNvisit as tourist; travel to for pleasure
                    我欲觀於轉 MENG
            • abstract>MEDITATE
              • nabactBUDDH: meditation
              • vadNBUDDH: pertaining to analytical meditation
              • vt+prep+Nmeditate on N
              • vtoNBUDDH: observe intensively > engage in analytical meditation on
              • object>OPINION
                • nabpsychpoint of view, opinion; dogma
            • object>MAKE-UP
              • viactLIJI: use make-up
          • guànTOWER
            • nHAN: high pavilion built in a location with a good view or near a gate; lookout tower; watch tower 兩觀"the two lookout towers"
            • metonymy>TEMPLE
              • nTaoist temple