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lǎo
adv. often, regularly; for a long time; very
Other meanings
[lǎo]   adj. old, aged; of long standing, old fashioned, outdated; former, original; (of colors) dark; (of vegetable) overgrown; (of food) overcooked
[lǎo]   radical. old
[lǎo]   char. old people; experienced; (prefix for) names of animals, plants, surnames
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'老' is part of the following simplified words:
 㐗 佬 咾 嗜 姥 搘 榰 耄 耆 耋 蓍 铑 鬐 鳍
'老' is part of the following traditional words:
 㐗 佬 咾 嗜 姥 搘 榰 耄 耆 耋 蓍 銠 鬐 鰭
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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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tā lǎo dá ráo wǒ, hěn ràng rén yàn fán .
phr. He keeps disturbing me, which is very annoying.
lǎo shì
adv. invariably, always, all the time (used with a dissatisfied, unhappy tone)
láo yuǎn
adj. (informal, spoken) very far away
lǎo jí
phr. (spoken) always impatient or irritable
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jiāo tōng zǔ sè dí què shì běi jīng de lǎo dà nán .
phr. Traffic congestion is indeed a long-standing problem in Beijing.