cóng from; via; passing through

Made up of [ rén person radical 9]
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 4 strokes.
Original form had two people walking and stopping but has been simplified to two men walking 'from' somewhere
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Related characters

Also uses rén component: chá (tea) (why) huì (can) jīn (modern) jiǔ (long time) lìng (to order) shè (residence) shí (eat) (to use) zhòng (many) zuò (seat) zuò (sit)

Different tone

cōng (quick at hearing)

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stroke order for 从
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祸从口出 huò cóng kǒu chū Be careful what you say
力不从心 lì bù cóng xīn Lacking in motivation to achieve aims
从容不迫 cóng róng bù pò Taking life calmly and in your stride. Untroubled.
投笔从戎 tóu bǐ cóng róng A scholar choosing to join the army. To choose a more active life mid career.
从善如流 cóng shàn rú liú Willing to accept other people's advice just as all water in a stream follows the flow. Readily following good leadership.