yuàn to hope; to wish; to desire

Made up of [ yuán former; original; level; meadow; primary , xīn heart radical 61]
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 14 strokes.
'Yuan' provides phonetic, the 'heart' component gives idea of yearning

Related characters

Also uses xīn component: (certainly) cōng (quick at hearing) (virtue) dìng (how) è (evil) niàn (to read) nín (you (polite)) (to think) wàng (to forget) xiǎng (to think) (idea) zhì (aspiration)

Sounds same

yuàn (courtyard)

Different tone

yuán (primary) yuán (former) yuán (park) yuán (person) yuǎn (far)

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心甘情愿 xīn gān qíng yuàn Delighted to be able to help
太公钓鱼,愿者上钩 tài gōng diào yú yuàn zhě shàng gōu Trying t o ensnare a gullible person. The ancient story from the Zhou dynasty is of Lord Jiang who used to just hang an unbaited and unhooked line in the air not the water. When asked what he was doing said he was not trying to catch fish but a king who he would serve. After many years of pointless fishing he was appointed to be Prime Minister.
一厢情愿 yī xiāng qíng yuàn Acting on a personal wish not shared by others.