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v. steep, soak
Other meanings
[pāo]   adj. (dialect) spongy
[pào]   v. to kill (the time), to loaf about
[pào]   n. bubble; bubble-shaped thing
[pāo]   char./m. something soft and puffy; (dialect) small lake; measure word for the number of excretions (slightly vulgar)
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 pào le yì hú lǜ chá .
phr. He made a pot of green tea.
wǒ pào le yì xiē xiāng gū , zuò tāng de shí hou fàng jìn qù .
phr. I soaked some black mushrooms to prepare them to put them into the soup.