Taxonomy of meanings for 唯:

  • 唯 wěi (OC: k-lulʔ MC: jʷi) 以水切 上 廣韻:【諾也以水切又音惟八 】
    • ANSWER
        • in the positive>AGREE TO
          • nabactthe agreeing 唯止
          • vi.redYes!
          • vt[0](oN)exclamatoryYes!, indeed!; (agreeing immediately and unquestioningly to an opinion expressed or an order given) (compare 唯而不諾)
    • 唯 wéi (OC: k-lul MC: jʷi) 以追切 平 廣韻:【獨也又以癸切 】
      • ONLY
        • padVonly [etymologically vadV]
        • vt+N{SUBJ}.+V{PRED}only N Vs
        • vtoNcopulato be; to be only (the object in question)
        • vt0oN{SUBJ}. V{PRED}it is just up to N to V
        • vt0oN{OBJ}.+V{PRED}MERGE it is only N that the subject V-s
        • vadNrestrictiveonly (the N)
        • vadVobjectonly the object(s)
        • vadVreference=objectonly VERB
        • vt+Nbe only N; be only a matter of N; be only by N
        • vt0oN{SUBJ}.+V{PRED}only N Vs
        • vtoN.adVcopularestrictive copula: be only, it is only N (who Vs)
        • vttoN.+V[0]copulait is only the N who do the contextually determinate Ving3
        • vt0oN{OBJ}.+V{PRED}it is only N that the subject V-s
        • grammaticalised: only because>BECAUSE
          • vt0oS1.adS2only because
          • grammaticalised: supposing as a determinging cause>IF
            • padS1.adS2only if
        • grammaticalised> if only>HOPE
          • vtoSnourish the humble hope that; hope politely
      • grammaticalised, general>COPULA
        • vt+Ncopulacome to occur at (a certain time)
        • vt+N{SUBJ}.+V{PRED}OBI: be (the SUBJECT which PREDICATES); be the only N who Vs
        • vt+Nbe N; be N (and none/nothing else)
        • vt0+N.+V[0]it is N that Vs
        • vtpostVt{NEG}be
        • vt+N.postNPab{S}signify
        • vt+V[0]be the one who V-s
        • vt0 Nab{S}It was all a matter of S
        • putative>THINK
            • be mindful of in action>OBEY
              • vtoNobey
              • vt[0]oNI (the speaker) obey the (your) order