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The Chinese word wei - 为 - wèi
(for in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)
Note: This Chinese character can also be pronounced wéi. However, with a different pronunciation, the meaning of the character will change as well.


English translations

for, to do, to act as, to serve as, to become, to equal,
of the sake

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 为 ( wèi ) correctly?"

The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
This dictionary shows you the correct stroke order as an animation for all characters so you can learn and understand how to write the character correctly.

Chinese characters  ( wei / wèi ) with pronunciation (English translation: for )
为 ( wei / wèi ) in traditional characters
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 为 ( wei / wèi ) Writing in Pinyin
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication.
If you cannot use Chinese charactes, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).

Wo wei ni er lai.
Wŏ wèi nĭ ér lái.

 – English translation: I came for you.

Character complexity
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is composed of 4 strokes and therefore is of very low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

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

why  |  for this purpose  |  I came for you.
为 ( wei / wèi ) belongs to the 50 most common Chinese characters (rank 21)
Chinese example words containing the character 为 ( wei / wèi )
成为 ( chéngwéi = to become ), 认为 ( rènwéi = to think ), 为什么 ( wèi shénme = why ), 为干杯 ( wèi...gānbēi = to toast to ), 为了 ( wèile = in order to ), 性行为 ( xìngxíngwéi = sexual behavior ), 因为 ( yīnwèi = because ), 以为 ( yĭ...wéi = to see nothing but ), 以为 ( yĭwéi = to suppose )
Other characters that are pronounced wèi in Chinese
More words that mean for in Chinese
duì ( 对 ), gĕi ( 给 ), ( 替 )
More words that mean to do in Chinese
găo ( 搞 ), gàn ( 干 ), nòng ( 弄 ), xíng ( 行 ), zuò ( 作 )

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