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v. live, reside, stay; stop, cease; (after a verb as a complement indicating) a halt or a steadiness; (after a verb as a complement, preceded by "de" or "bu", indicating) being able or unable to reach or meet a standard
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Here is how you can make sense of this character. It consists of this shape 亻 which stands for a man, plus this shape 主 which consists of a dab 丶 plus king 王. if you put the dab on the top of a king, it gives him more importance. he is now not just any king, he is a (master) in what he's doing. so now you have a man master. Where can any man be a master? of course in the house where he (LIVES) and that's the meaning of this character (住) it means to live in a certain place, in a house or in an apartment.
The verb 住 can be used as a complement of result. It means “to cause someone or something to stay fast at a certain place”.
- 握住 [v] grip, hold (to hold sth firmly. That “something” is not moving at all as a result of the action 握)
- 停住 [v] stop, halt, cease (to stop and become still in a place)
I’ve often heard many Chinese people use the English word “live” when they mean “stay at” (i.e. “I’m live the hotel.” vs “I’m staying at the hotel.”). I feel like it might be a slang term or informally used as “stay/staying at”. It would be nice to see this meaning added, at least as a less accurate meaning. I’m also seeing it used this way in my Rosetta Stone lessons.
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