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  *先* | 先* | *先
early / prior / former / in advance / first
advanced (technology) / to advance
Mister (Mr.)
teacher / husband / doctor (dialect) / CL:
vanguard / pioneer / avant-garde
early or late / priority / in succession / one after another
to precede others / in advance
foresight / prescience
guide / forerunner / pioneer
advanced level
before / previously
key moment / decisive opportunity
(official accolade) advanced team / exemplary group
pre-Qin, Chinese history up to the foundation of the Qin imperial dynasty in 221 BC
inborn / innate / natural
order of priority / sequential order
(official accolade) advanced individual / exemplary individual
priority / sth advocated first / refers to ancient tradition: Worship the river first, then the sea.
initial / arising first / same as 首先發起|首先发起
first come first served
prerequisite / precondition
precondition / prerequisite
deceased grandfather / ancestry
ancestors / previous generations / my late father
joy of first experience (idiom) / the pleasure of reading sth for the first time
elders / former generations
antecedent / precedent
worthy predecessor / distinguished person of the past / former sage
in advance / beforehand / premature / front-end
prior / preexisting
famous and virtuous ancestors / the great men of the past
herald / precursor / harbinger
a priori (philosophy)
the way of former kings
to gain the initiative by striking first (idiom); to preempt / to anticipate / preemptive
shilling (loanword)
lit. first impression is strongest
The first concern is affairs of state, enjoying the pleasure comes later. Quotation from essay On Yueyang Tower 岳陽樓記|岳阳楼记 by Song writer Fan Zhongyan 範仲淹|范仲淹
to gain the upper hand by a show of strength
advance party / advance troops
congenital deficiency / inherent weakness
strike first and gain the upper hand (idiom, martial arts term); Making the first move is an advantage.
person with foresight
in advance / ahead / before / previously
foresight / having foresight / person of foresight
advanced weapon
distinguished precursor / famous thinker of antiquity
first decapitate then present your trophy (idiom); act first, report later
peaceful measures before using force (idiom); diplomacy before violence / jaw-jaw is better than war-war
in order of arrival / first come, first served
prior probability (statistics)
to introduce sb / to recommend
deceased father / my late father
preliminary question / priority problem / issues requiring more immediate attention
birth defect
pre-Han / China before to 200 BC
deceased mother / mother of an ancestor
posthumous edict of former emperor / Liu Bei's 劉備|刘备 edict to posterity
(dialect) first of all / in the first place
Down syndrome / trisomy 21
deceased father / deceased senior male figure
congenital / intrinsic / innateness
prerecording / to prerecord
marriage arranged following a pregnancy / marriage necessitated by an unplanned pregnancy
deceased paternal grandmother
deceased mother
to take precedence / to make an early start / to lead the way
my late father / my ancestors / the late emperor
the late Emperor
former kings / former emperors / in Confucian writing, refers esp. to the sage rulers Yao 堯|尧, Shun , Yu , Tang 湯|汤 and the kings of Zhou
the rule of former kings
the music of former kings

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