Taxonomy of meanings for 約:

  • 約 yào (OC: qplewɡs MC: ʔiɛu) 於笑切 去 廣韻:【又於略切 】
  • 約 yuē (OC: qplewɡ MC: ʔiɐk) 於略切 入 廣韻:【約束又儉也少也又姓韓子有古賢者約續於略切又於𥬇切二 】
    • TIE UP
        • means of>ROPE
          • abstract>RESTRAIN
            • nabactreticence, restraint, psychological constraint
            • viactrestrain others
            • vimiddle voicebe restrained, restrain oneself; show rule-governed moderation
            • vt[oN{REFLEX}]be restrained and non-expansive; be inhibited
            • vtoNattitudinalexercise restraint in relation to
            • vtoNcausativerestrain
            • vtoNpsychrestrain (oneself)
            • feature: attitude>FRUGAL
              • vibe thrifty, stewardly, be parsimonious
              • vifigurativeeconomical, sparse
              • vtoNbe stingy in one's treatment of
              • rhetorically (also causative: simplify)>SIMPLE
              • feature: objective wealth>POOR
                • nabstativetight circumstances; impoverished circumstances, straitened circumstances; difficulties
                • vilive in straightened circumstances, be fairly poor
                • status>HUMBLE
                  • resultative>WEAK
                      • in number>FEW
                        • in size>SMALL
                          • vigradedbe concise, be short; be constrained
                          • vadNconcise, brief in diction
                        • inchoative>DECLINE
                      • specific>HINDER
                          • prevent free movement>BLOCK
                        • figurative: social link>AGREE TO
                          • nabactagreement
                          • vt+prep+Nestablish cooperation with
                          • vt+V[0]make an agreement to V
                          • vtoNfrom late Warring States times onwards: undertake as a promise on; enter an agreement on; enter into (a contract 盟)
                          • vtoNcausativecause someone to enter into agreement or cooperation
                          • vttoN.+V[0]agree with N to V
                          • vttoS.postvtoNagree (with someone) that S 與二子約...
                          • as agreed>PROVIDE
                            • subjective>EXPECT
                                • definitive>RELY ON
                                  • vtoN.adVcoverb: depending on, according to
                              • intensitive>PROMISE
                                • nabactpromise??
                              • written agreement>CONTRACT
                                • nabcontract, formal agreement
                                • viactenter into alliances
                                • vtoNenter into an alliance with
                                • vtpost-.VtoNhave an agreement with
                              • causative: into interaction>INVITE
                                  • by authority>COMMAND
                                    • vtoNarrange for, make arrangements for 約車
                          • 約 yao4《廣韻》於笑切,去笑影。宵部。
                            • =要 (essential)IMPORTANT
                              • nabwhat is essential; what is condensed; the main point
                              • declarative>SUMMARISE
                                • vtoNmathematical termCHEMLA 2003: