Taxonomy of meanings for 寧:

  • 寧 níng (OC: neeŋ MC: neŋ) 奴丁切 平 廣韻:【安也説文曰願詞也亦州名禹貢古西戎地秦爲北地郡亦爲豳州又爲寧州奴丁切九 】
    • PEACEFUL
      • nabsocialundisturbed peace and quiet
      • vadNserene; peaceful (SHU)
      • vadV(dwell) at peace
      • vifeel inwardly secure, feel at peace; be peaceful (as a year, or a state)
      • vi0eventpeace arises
      • vtoNfind one's peace in
      • vtoNcausative.reflex.自bring peace to
      • vtoNcausativemake peaceful, calm down; maintain peace in
    • QUESTION PARTICLES
      • padSning4: DCD: 3.豈;難道。
      • padSopen questionquestion marker
    • SACRIFICE
      • vttoN1.+prep+N2OBI: make a pacifying sacrifice concerning N1 at N2
    • VISIT
      • vtoNpay a polite visit (to wish someone well, often one's parents)
      • vt(oN)come to visit and wish the contextually determiante N well
  • 寧 nìng (OC: neeŋs MC: neŋ) 乃定切 去 廣韻:【邑名亦姓説文作寗所願也乃定切四 】
    • SHOULD
        • should rather>PREFER
          • vt[0]+V[0].postSwould rather; one should rather; I would rather (and not) [Note that occasionally this word does have an explicit first person pronoun, but pre-Qin usages are very few, while the usage become more common in Hanshu.]
          • vt+V[0]would rather do V