conj. if, in case
Other meanings
[yào]   av. would like to, will; should, must; be about to; be determined to do; might (used to indicate an estimate)
[yāo]   char. demand, ask; force coerce; variant of 邀
[yào]   v. need; want; ask for, demand; request
[yào]   char. essential points; important
    west (for )
    woman (for )
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.
yào bú shì
conj. if it were not for; but for
nǐ yào bù shuō
phr. if you haven't told; if you won't say