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v. do, work; do... as a profession, work as...
Other meanings
[gān]   adj. dry; empty, void; adoptive
[gān]   adv. in vain
[gān]   n. dried food
[gān]   char. without water; hollowly, without real meaning; to offend, to interfere; heavenly stem
[gān]   radical. dry
[gàn]   char. trunk, main part; cadre; able; capability
'干' is part of the following simplified words:
 乱 刊 刮 啈 啥 圉 坪 奸 婞 岸 平 幸 怦 恬 悍 悻 扞 抨 括 捍 擀 敌 旰 旱 杆 枰 栝 汗 泽 活 焊 犴 猞 玕 瓡 甜 睾 矸 砰 秆 秤 竿 筈 罕 聒 肝 舌 舍 舐 舒 舔 苹 蛞 衎 讦 赶 轩 酐 釬 顸 骭 鼾 评 话 辞 适 铦 鲆 鸹
'干' is part of the following traditional words:

Simplified Chinese


Traditional Chinese

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.
nǐ zhèng zài gàn shén me ?
phr. What are you doing now?
tā huó zhe de shí hou , gàn le tài duō de huór
phr. When he was alive he worked extremely hard.
jiāo shī zhè fèn gōng zuò , wó yǐ jīng gàn le hěn duō nián
phr. I have been working as a teacher for many years.