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yāo
char. demand, ask; force coerce; variant of
Other meanings
[yào]   av. would like to, will; should, must; be about to; be determined to do; might (used to indicate an estimate)
[yào]   conj. if, in case
[yào]   v. need; want; ask for, demand; request
[yào]   char. essential points; important
    west (for )
    woman (for )
 n/a 
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
yāo qiú
v./n. request; requirement
yāo xié
v. threaten, put pressure on
yāo gōng
v. take credit for someone else's achievements (same as 邀功)