Phono-semantic compound (形聲, OC *djus): semantic 手 (“hand”) + phonetic 受 (OC *tuːs, *djuʔ).
There are actually three “hands” in this character, as 爫 also means “hand”. As does 又 graphically.
Derived from 受 (OC *djuʔ, “to accept”).
- to give to; to transmit
我欲中國而授孟子室。 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
我欲中国而授孟子室。 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
- From: Mencius, circa 4th century BCE, translated based on James Legge's version
- Wǒ yù zhōngguó ér shòu Mèngzǐ shì. [Pinyin]
- I wish to give Mencius a house, somewhere in the middle of the kingdom.
- to confer; to award
- to teach; to instruct
授: Hán Nôm readings: thụ, thọ, thò
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