Taxonomy of meanings for 看:

  • 看 kān (OC: khaan MC: kʰɑn) 苦寒切 平 廣韻:【看古文 】
  • 看 kàn (OC: khaans MC: kʰɑn) 苦旰切 去 廣韻:【又苦干切 】
    • INVESTIGATE
      • vt.red(:oN)investigate the contextually determinate matter N a little
      • vt(oN)investigate a contextually determinate matter
      • vtoNobserve (from a distance), survey from a distance; find out about through observationBUDDH: view (the mind), investigate (one's thoughts)
      • vtoNclose-upinvestigate at small distance
      • vtoNimperativelook into> i.e. investigate (oneself)
    • MEDITATE
      • vt[oN]meditate on things
      • vtoNmeditate on
    • READ
      • vt(oN)read the contextually determinate text
      • vtoNread
    • TRY
      • vpostadVrequestV and investigate > try to V, V and see what happens (already appearing in sūtra translations of the Sui period (see LI WEIQI 2004: 194); the verbal phrase it follows can be complex and consist of a vt+N; in the colloquial language of the Tang this construction became increasingly popular, expressing mild requests; sometimes also defined as sentence final particle)
    • VISIT
      • vt(oN)visit (a contextually determinate person)
      • vtoNvisit
  • 看 kān (OC: khaan MC: kʰɑn) 苦寒切 平 廣韻:【視也苦寒切七 】
    • LOOK
      • vpostadVfor all to look at, for all to see
      • vt(oN)look at the contextually determinate N
      • vtoNlook carefully at; look at
      • viactlook out
      • vtoN
    • SAFEGUARD
      • vt+prep+Nlook properly after
      • vtoNlook after (so as to care for)