běn
n./adj./adv. root, basis; capital, cost; note book; original, one's own, this; originally, to begin with
Other meanings
[běn]   m. measure word for books
[běn]   char. edition, version; script; (ancient China) memorial (passed to the emperor)
[běn]   prep. according to, based on
[běn]   char. inherent, intrinsic; principle, major
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    tree
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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.
EXAMPLES
gēn běn
n./adj./adv. root or origin; fundamental, basic; completely, totally, thoroughly
bǐ jì běn
n. notebook; notebook computer, laptop
běn lái
adj./adv. original; originally, in the past; in the first place, as a matter of course, naturally
běn bào
n. our newspaper, this newspaper
xuè běn
n. original capital
běn dài
v. formerly planned to or intended to
shēng chǎn chéng běn
nphr. cost of production