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Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Historical forms of the character
Bamboo and silk script Large seal script Small seal script
約-silk.svg 約-bigseal.svg 約-seal.svg

Phono-semantic compound (形聲, OC *ʔlewɢs, *ʔlewɢ): semantic  + phonetic  ‎(OC *pljewɢ, *bljewɢ)

The thread that binds () is the contract. The drift character spoonful () is probably just one or the other direction derivatives marking a ceremony; with the most natural while being "to serve wine or feast" (), or the idea of getting something at the end a wire, such as, "angling" ().

Han character[edit]

(radical 120 +3, 9 strokes, cangjie input 女火心戈 (VFPI) or 女火心一 (VFPM), four-corner 27920, composition)

Derived characters[edit]

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 915, character 21
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 27242
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1343, character 7
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 5, page 3364, character 15
  • Unihan data for U+7D04

Chinese[edit]

trad.
simp.

Pronunciation[edit]



  • Dialectal data
Variety Location
Mandarin Beijing /yɛ⁵⁵/
Harbin /iau⁴⁴/
/yɛ⁴⁴/
Tianjin /ye²¹/
Jinan /yə²¹³/
Qingdao /yə⁵⁵/
Zhengzhou /yo²⁴/
Xi'an /yo²¹/
Xining /yu⁴⁴/
Yinchuan /ye¹³/
Lanzhou /yə¹³/
Ürümqi /yɤ²¹³/
Wuhan /io²¹³/
Chengdu /yo³¹/
Guiyang /io²¹/
Kunming /io³¹/
Nanjing /ioʔ⁵/
Hefei /yɐʔ⁵/
Jin Taiyuan /yəʔ²/
Pingyao /yʌʔ¹³/
Hohhot /yaʔ⁴³/ 大~
/iɔ³¹/ ~一~
Wu Shanghai /iaʔ⁵/
Suzhou /iɑʔ⁵/
Hangzhou /ʔiɑʔ⁵/
Wenzhou /j̠a²¹³/
Hui Shexian /iɔʔ²¹/
Tunxi /io⁵/
Xiang Changsha /io²⁴/
Xiangtan /io²⁴/
Gan Nanchang /iɔʔ⁵/
Hakka Meixian /iok̚¹/
Taoyuan /ʒok̚⁵⁵/
Cantonese Guangzhou /jœk̚²/
Nanning /jœk̚³³/
Hong Kong /jœk̚²/
Min Xiamen (Min Nan) /iɔk̚³²/
/ioʔ³²/
Fuzhou (Min Dong) /yɔʔ²³/
Jian'ou (Min Bei) /iɔ²⁴/
Shantou (Min Nan) /iak̚²/
/ioʔ²/
Haikou (Min Nan) /iɔk̚⁵/

Rime
Character
Reading # 1/2 2/2
Initial () (34) (34)
Final () (91) (107)
Tone (調) Departing (H) Checked (Ø)
Openness (開合) Open Open
Division () III III
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/ʔiᴇuH/ /ʔɨɐk̚/
Pan
Wuyun
/ʔiɛuH/ /ʔiɐk̚/
Shao
Rongfen
/ʔjæuH/ /ʔiɑk̚/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/ʔiawH/ /ʔɨak̚/
Li
Rong
/ʔiɛuH/ /ʔiak̚/
Wang
Li
/ĭɛuH/ /ĭak̚/
Bernard
Karlgren
/ʔi̯ɛuH/ /ʔi̯ak̚/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
yào yue
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character
Reading # 1/2 2/2
Modern
Beijing
(Pinyin)
yào yuē
Middle
Chinese
‹ ʔjiewH › ‹ ʔjak ›
Old
Chinese
/*[q]ewk-s/ /*[q](r)ewk/
English bond, agreement (n.) bind (v.), make an agreement

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

* Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
* Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
* Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
* Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;

* Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character
Reading # 1/2 2/2
No. 11181 11201
Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
2 2
Corresponding
MC rime
Old
Chinese
/*ʔlewɢs/ /*ʔlewɢ/

Definitions[edit]

  1. to make an appointment
  2. to invite
    明天一起吃飯知道沒有時間 [MSC, trad.]
    明天一起吃饭知道没有时间 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ xiǎng yuē nǐ míngtiān yīqǐ qù chīfàn, bù zhīdào nǐ yǒu méiyǒu shíjiān. [Pinyin]
    I'd like to invite you out to have a meal tomorrow, if you have the time.
  3. approximately, about
  4. treaty, agreement, covenant

Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 4 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. Approximately

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Adverb[edit]

‎(hiragana やく, romaji yaku)

  1. about, approximately
     (やく) (いっ) (げつ)
    yaku ikkagetsu
    approximately one month
    宇宙 (うちゅう)直径 (ちょっけい) (やく)930億光年 (おくこうねん)だ。
    Uchū no chokkei wa yaku 930 oku kōnen da.
    The diameter of the universe is some ninety-three billion light years.

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

‎(yak, yo) (hangeul , , revised yak, yo, McCune-Reischauer yak, yo, Yale yak, yo)

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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(ước, yêu)

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