Taxonomy of meanings for 賢:

  • xián (OC: ɡiin MC: ɦen) 胡田切 平 廣韻:【古文賢又口閒切 】
  • xián (OC: ɡiin MC: ɦen) 胡田切 平 廣韻:【善也能也大也亦姓胡田切十七 】
    • GOOD
      • nabpsychgoodness (in humans)
      • v[adN]person of talent; person of moral worth, a worthy
      • vadNtalented, "intellectual"
      • vibe worthy, have moral worth and talent, be morally excellent; also BUDDH.
      • v[adN]non-humangood things; moral conduct
      • generalised>EXCELLENT
        • nabpsychmoral excellence
        • vadNexcellent
        • vadNN=actworthy, commendable
        • vibe excellent
        • vigradedto be preferable; to be superior
        • vt+prep+Ngradedbe more excellent/outstanding than; outshine
        • v[adN]pluralmen of excellent character; worthies
        • politically relevant>TALENT
          • nnonreferentialdistinguished person; person of talent and worth (always non-referential?) 尊賢使能
          • nabmoralmoral distinction; moral worthiness; talent; moral excellence, moral talent
          • vadNdistinguished, worthy, talented; excellent, remarkable
          • vigradedof persons: be (the more) worthy; be distinguished; be morally distinguished, be a worthy, be talented; be excellent (sometimes also of actions) 甚賢,最賢
          • vt+prep+Ngradedbe more worthy than; be more distinguished than
          • vtoNcausativecause (oneself) to become distinguished
          • vtoNputativeregard as distinguished or talented, regard as worthy
          • vtoNpassivebe considered as distinguished, talented or morally worthy見賢
          • vtoNputative.reflex.自regard (oneself) as distinguished or talented
          • vtoNstativehave talents with respect to something 有所賢
          • v[adN]men of talent
          • exercising talent>DILIGENT
            • vibe worthy and diligent
            • exercising talented moral diligence>HERO
              • nhero one grade above the yīng 英. 
      • associated status>NOBLE
        • vadNadmirable, noble; distinguished
    • SURPASS
      • vt+prep+Nexcel
      • vtoNsurpass, be better than
      • grammaticalised, honorific>YOU
        • npronominalpost-v (SONG): you