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The Chinese word hou - 候 - hòu
(to wait for in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

to wait for, season, to inquire, time,
to await

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Chinese characters  ( hou / hòu ) with pronunciation (English translation: to wait for )
The traditional Chinese characters of hòu are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.

Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

candidate  |  to greet somebody
候 ( hou / hòu ) belongs to the 500 most common Chinese characters (rank 354)
Chinese example words containing the character 候 ( hou / hòu )
的时候 ( de shíhòu = while ), 候车室 ( hòuchēshì = waiting room ), 候选人 ( hòuxuănrén = candidate ), 气候 ( qìhòu = climate ), 时候 ( shíhou = time ), 有时候 ( yŏu shíhou = sometimes )
Other characters that are pronounced hòu in Chinese
More words that mean to wait for in Chinese
dài ( 待 )
More words that mean season in Chinese
( 季 ), jìjié ( 季节 ), tiān ( 天 )

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