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

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