Taxonomy of meanings for 顯:

  • 顯 xiǎn (OC: qhleenʔ MC: hen) 呼典切 上 廣韻:【明也著也光也覿也又姓風俗通云有顯甫爲周卿呼典切五 】
    • VISIBLE
      • nsubject=pluralvisible place, public place
      • vadNfigurativepertaining to the surface > superficial
      • viHF: be public and clear (as the laws)
      • vtoNcausativecause to be visible, make visible
      • inchoative: visibly>BECOME
          • action take a visible official position>RANK
          • focus on>LOOK
            • subject: what is visible>SURFACE
              • causative: make visible>SHOW
                • nabactshowing oneself in public
                • vadVpublicly, demonstratively; overtly
                • viactshow oneself
                • vtoNcausativeshow off; make a show of; make visible; make public and clear; highlight
                • vttoN1.+N2show off N1 to N2, make a show of N1 for N2
                • vtoNmiddle voiceget shown
                • vtoNmiddle voicebe made visible/famous to N
                • vpostadVcause to be illustrious
              • politically>PUBLIC
                • socially>FAMOUS
                  • nabsocialdistinguished high social position
                  • vadNillustrious, eminent; conspicuous
                  • vibe illustrious
                  • vichangebecome famous, make a name for oneself
                  • vt+prep+Ncausativecause to be illustrious
                  • vtoNcausativecause to be illustrious; promote reputation of
                  • vtoNcausativemake (oneself) famous
                  • vtoNcausativebe made famous
                • intellectually>CLEAR
                • RULERS OF ZHOU
                  • HEADGEAR
                    • SURNAMES
                    • 顯 xian4《集韻》馨甸切,去霰曉。