抱 - Dong Chinese dictionary

bào

embrace

Phonosemantic compound. represents the meaning and represents the sound.

Components
扌 meaning component

  Meaning component

shoushǒu

  

hand

is a component form of .

包 sound component

  Sound component

bāo

  

wrap

Evolution

抱 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

Shuowen (~100 AD)
抱 Clerical script Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)

Clerical script

Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)
抱 Regular script Modern

Regular script

Modern
Definitions

 

bào

embrace, hold in arms, enfold; to hold; to carry (in one's arms); to hug; to embrace; to surround; to cherish

Most common words with 抱
Freq.
Word
Meaning

抱歉

to be sorry

to hold

抱怨

to complain

拥抱

to embrace

怀抱

to hug