to experience; to undergo; to pass through

Made up of [ chǎng cliff; factory; depot radical 27, strength radical 19]
Similar looking characters : (strict)
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 4 strokes.
The cliff radical may suggest a path on a steep slope. Li is the phonetic but also contributes idea of endeavor through 'strength'.

Related characters

Also uses chǎng component: àn (bank) (toilet) dùn (shield) fǎn (contrary) hòu (behind) (strict) yuán (former)
Also uses component: biān (side) dòng (to use) gōng (accomplishment) (coffee) láo (to toil) lìng (other) nán (male) qióng (exhausted) (revive) wèi (do) (affair)

Sounds same

(strength) (stand) (sharp) (strict) (beautiful)

Different tone

(Fire) (pear) (inside) (ceremony) (texture) (plum)

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stroke order for 历
Stroke order for character 历, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license