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To love one child and to love all children, whether living or dead—somewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest man—somewhere these, too, come together.
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See also tāo, táo, tǎo, and tào

English

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Etymology

From Chinese (dào; Wade-Giles tao) ‘way, path’.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
tao

Plural
-

tao (-)
  1. (Taoism) The essential principle underlying existence; ultimate reality.
  2. (Confucianism) The way or path to be followed

Translations

  • Chinese: (dào)
  • Finnish: tao

See also


Finnish

Etymology 1

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ˈt̪ɑ.oˣ]
  • Hyphenation: ta‧o

Verb

tao

  1. Indicative present connegative form of takoa.
  2. Second person singular imperative present form of takoa.
  3. Second person singular imperative present connegative form of takoa.

Etymology 2

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ˈt̪ɑ.o]
  • Hyphenation: ta‧o

Noun

tao

  1. tao
Declension

Anagrams


Ilocano

Noun

tao

  1. person
  2. human

Malagasy

Etymology

Common Malayo-Polynesian, compare Indonesian taruh

Verb

tao (used in the form manao)

  1. to do

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

tao

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, tāo, táo, tǎo, or tào.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Maori

Noun

tao

  1. spear

Tagalog

Pronunciation

  • tah'-oh

Noun

tao

  1. person
  2. human

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