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v. smoke (cigarettes)
Other meanings
[chōu]   v. take something in the middle out; take a part (from a whole); to inhale
[chōu]   v. to find (time to do)
Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
tā xiǎng jiè yān , bú zài chōu yān le , kě shì méi yǒu jiān chí xià lái .
phr. He wanted to quit smoking, not smoking anymore, but he did not persevere to the end.
chōu yān
v. to smoke, smoke a cigarette