Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

使 shǐ

  1. shǐ verb to make / to cause
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In the sense of 让; in literary Chinese, 使 can act as a transitive verb with two objects in a pivot construction. The first object is a noun and the second object is a verb phrase. The pattern is A 使 B C, where A is the subject, B is a noun, and C is a verb phrase (Guoyu '使' v 2; Pulleyblank 1995, pp. 40-41; Unihan '使'; XHZD '使' 3)
  2. shǐ verb to make use of for labor
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In the sense of 役使 (Guoyu '使' v 3)
  3. shǐ verb to indulge
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In the sense of 放纵 (Guoyu '使' v 6)
  4. shǐ noun an emissary / an envoy / an ambassador
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In this sense 使 is similar in meaning to 使者 (Guoyu '使' n; Unihan '使'; XHZD '使' 5)
  5. shǐ verb to be sent on a diplomatic mission
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In the sense of 出使 (Guoyu '使' v 7)
  6. shǐ verb to dispatch
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In the sense of 派 or 派遣 (Guoyu '使' v 1; Unihan '使'; XHZD '使' 2)
  7. shǐ conjunction if
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In this sense 使 is similar in meaning to 假如 to 如果 (Guoyu '使' conj; XHZD '使' 4)
  8. shǐ verb to use
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In the sense of 用 (Guoyu '使' v 5; XHZD '使' 1)
  9. shǐ verb to be able to
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In the sense of 可, as in 使不得 (Guoyu '使' v 4)

Contained in

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Texts that the word is most frequently mentioned in

Collection Document Title Occurrences
The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 昭公 Lord Zhao 274
The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 襄公 Lord Xiang 263
History of Jin 《金史》 卷六十  表第二: 交聘表上 Volume 60 Tables 2: Communication between States 1 260
History of Song 《宋史》 卷一百六十九 志第一百二十二 職官九 Volume 169 Treatises 122: Offical Posts 9 209
History of Jin 《金史》 卷六十一 表第三: 交聘表中 Volume 61 Tables 3: Communication between States 2 197
History of Yuan 《元史》 卷六十七 志第十八:  禮樂一 Volume 67 Treatises 20: Rites and Music 1 183
History of Jin 《金史》 卷三十八 志第十九: 禮十一 外國使入見儀 曲宴儀 朝辭儀 新定夏使儀注 Volume 38 Treatises 19: Rites 11 - Ceremonies for Receiving Foreign Emissaries; Music for Banquets; Farewell Rituals; Ceremonies for Newly Appointed Officials 174
History of Song 《宋史》 卷四百六十六 列傳第二百二十五 宦者一 竇神寶 王仁睿 王繼恩 李神福弟:神祐 劉承規 閻承翰 秦翰 周懷政 張崇貴 張繼能 衛紹欽 石知顒孫:全彬 鄧守恩 Volume 466 Biographies 225: Eunuchs 1 - Dou Shenbao, Wang Renrui, Wang Jien, Li Shenfu and younger brother: Shen You, Liu Chenggui, Yan Chenghan, Qin Han, Zhou Huaizheng, Zhang Chonggui, Zhang Jineng, Wei Shaoqin, Shi Zhiyong and grandson: Quan Bin, Deng Shouen 167
History of Yuan 《元史》 卷八十六 志第三十六:  百官二 Volume 86 Treatises 39: Official Posts 2 150
History of Song 《宋史》 卷二百十一 表第二 宰輔二 Volume 211 Tables 2: Chancellors 2 148

Collocations

Simplified Traditional Example Example Reference Frequency
伯使 伯使 鄭伯使宛來歸祊 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 隱公 Lord Yin 8
天王使 天王使 天王使宰咺來歸惠公仲子之賵 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 隱公 Lord Yin 8
王使 王使 王使尹氏 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 隱公 Lord Yin 5
子使 子使 邾子使私於公子豫 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 隱公 Lord Yin 5
侯使 侯使 齊侯使其弟年來聘 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 隱公 Lord Yin 4
使家父 使家父 天王使家父來聘 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 桓公 Lord Huan 3
使其弟 使其弟 齊侯使其弟年來聘 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 隱公 Lord Yin 3
使䓕 使薳 使薳章求成焉 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 桓公 Lord Huan 3
使宰 使宰 天王使宰咺來歸惠公仲子之賵 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 隱公 Lord Yin 3
人使 人使 衛人使右宰醜涖殺州吁于濮 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 隱公 Lord Yin 3