Taxonomy of meanings for 要:

  • 要 yāo (OC: qew MC: ʔiɛu) 於霄切 平 廣韻:【俗言要勒説文曰身中也象人要皃自由之形今作腰又姓吴人要離之後漢有河南令要兢於霄切又一𥬇切九 】
    • speech>INVITE
      • vtoNinvite
      • vtoNpassivebe invited
      • general>AGREE TO
        • nabactagreement
        • vpost-.VtoN:adVagree (with someone) to V
        • what is agreed upon>CONTRACT
          • nabtextagreement; treaty
          • vtoSmake an agreement to the effect that S
          • vtpost-.VtoNmake an agreement with N
      • action>WELCOME
        • general>SEEK
          • vtoNwork towards, as one's main aim
          • abstract> seek truth about>INVESTIGATE
              CD13
            • intensitive>DEMAND
              • vtoNN=humanmake demands on
              • intensitive>THREATEN
                  • so as to prevent>HINDER
                    • vt(oN)intercept; to block (a contextually determinate object); prevent (a contextually determinate object) moving further
                    • vtoNhinder, stand in the way of; intercept
                    • general>RESTRAIN
                      • vtoNcoerce
                      • vtoNpsychrestrain (oneself)
                      • vtoNfigurativebind to one (by contract)
              • resultative: manage to gain>WIN TRUST
                • vtoNseek good relations with, seek advantages from
            • grammaticalised>DIRECTION
                CD16
            • =腰WAIST
              • nwaist
              • nadNwaist-
              • nadVplaceat the waist
          • 要 yào (OC: qews MC: ʔiɛu) 於笑切 去 廣韻:【約也於𥬇切又於招切三 】
            • DESIRE
              • vt+Swant that S; desire that S
              • vt+V[0]want to V, have the intention to V
              • vtoNstativebe after, desire; want
              • vtt(oN.)+V[0]want the contextually determinate (or preposed) N to V
              • one desires that>SHOULD
                • vt+V[0]modal verb expressing deontic modality: should (from the Six Dynasties period, e.g. SHISHUO)
              • IMPORTANT
                • nab.post-V{NUM}principles; the important point; the main thing
                • nabmetaphysicalthe vital point; most important point. essential point; essence; main initiative; main controlling functions
                • vadNgradedimportant, crucial; essential
                • vi+prep+Ngradedbe more important than
                • viimportant
                • vtoNgradedbe more important than N
                • nab.post-Nthe most important point(s) in N
                • nab.post-Nthe crucial point of N, the most important part of N
                • nab(post-N)the important point regarding the contextually determinate matter N
                • v[adN]the most important place; a very important place
                • nab.post-Npluralthe crucial points of N
            • PRINCIPLE
              • vadVas a matter of principle