Taxonomy of meanings for 一:

  • yī (OC: qliɡ MC: ʔit) 於悉切 入 廣韻:【一古文 】
  • yī (OC: qliɡ MC: ʔit) 於悉切 入 廣韻:【數之始也物之極也同也少也初也又虜三字姓後魏書一那婁氏後改爲婁氏於悉切三 】
    • ONE
      • v[adN]N=thingone thing; one part 此一 "this one thing"
      • nabmetaphysicalthe One; unity; inner unity; oneness and total concentration 得一 "attain to oneness"
      • nproone... the other; one thing
      • nprodefinitethe one item
      • vadNjust one, one alone; the one; one single; a single
      • vadNcardinalone
      • vibe one (of a defined set) form a unity, be one and the same
      • vilistbe one (of several items in a list)
      • vinumberbe (exactly) one, be one in number
      • vtoNcause to be one and the same; cause to be coherently adjusted by one principle SEE SYN. GROUP 'UNITE'
      • v{NUM}adN1(.post-N2)one/a certain N1 of the contextually determinate set N2
      • vadNthe first
      • v[adN]N=humone person
      • v[adN.]post=nprodefinitethe one person
      • v(adN)the first of the contextually determinate N
      • post-Han: grammaticalised>INDEFINITE ARTICLE
        • vadNarticlea; a certain; any;
        • vadNemphatica single
      • ONCE
        • vadVone time; for the first time; once (a day)
        • vadVrepeatedat one time... at another time
        • vtoNdo N once
        • IF
          • padS1.adS2if only, as long as, when
        • WHEN
          • vadV.adSas soon as
          • vadV{PRED}.postN{SUBJ}:adSas soon as V
        • AS SOON AS
          • vadV.postN:adSas soon as
    • the first>PRECEDE
      • v[adN]ordinalthe first point
      • viactdo something for the first time 一再 "if one does something for the first time or for the second time..."
      • SAME
        • vadNthe same, a certain; the very same 一孝
        • vi2be one and the same
        • vtoN{plur}regard as one and the same
        • one… the other>OTHER
          • vadNanother
        • focus on the same>CONCENTRATE
          • viactconcentrate on one thing; be single-minded
          • vtoNconcentrate uniquely on
          • vtoNimperativeconcentrate!
      • this one>THIS
        • nprothe one (as opposed to the other) 一者 (Perhaps this should be read as "the first" under ONE, but in fact, the reference is not to the first in a sequence but to ANY one in a sequence as opposed to the other)
        • NPpro.adN1.adN2Read zhè yī > zhèi: this 這一般人 (This is surely the origin of the reading zhèi).
        • WHOLE
          • vadNthe whole of (a state etc), a whole 一國"the whole country"
          • vadVintensitivecompletely, totally (with negated V)
          • vi.red:adVcompletely, totally
      • causative:UNITE
        • nchangeunification (nab!)
        • vtoNcausative(cause to become a unit >) to unite (e.g. the empire); unify (people's outlooks), cause to (continue to be) unified
        • vtoNmiddle voicebe united, be unified, be made consistent 不可一
        • vibe united, have a common purpose