yòng to use; to employ; to have to

Similar looking characters : diàn (electric)
Made with 5 strokes.
An old 'abstract' character of uncertain origin

Different tone

yǒng (perpetual)


Index 101 used in: (store) ; (grape) ; tōng (open)

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stroke order for 用
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古为今用 gǔ wéi jīn yòng Learning from history. Applying past history to the current situation
大材小用 dà cái xiǎo yòng Wasting talent on trivial things. Using someone talented for a menial task
英雄无用武之地 yīng xióng wú yòng wǔ zhī dì A situation where someone's undoubted talents can not be utilized.
杀鸡焉用牛刀 shā jī yān yòng niú dāo Taking unnecessary effort to tackle a small problem. Using an inappropriately large tool for the job.