v. should, have to, must
Other meanings
[xū]   n. beard; feeler
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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.
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bì xū
adv. necessarily, (can be translated as) must, have to
wú xū guò mù
phr. there is no need to look over or check (e.g. a file)
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lái rì wú duō , xū jiā bèi nǔ lì
phr. There isn't much time ahead, so (we) should redouble our effort.
rén shēng dé yì xū jìn huān
phr. (ancient poem) Do enjoy life while in prime you run high. ("Drink Wine", by Li Bai, a famous poet in Tang Dynasty)
jiě líng hái xū jì líng rén
idiom. who tied the bell (on the tiger's neck) should be the one to untie it -- who started the trouble should end the trouble