“休” is a Chinese character, and its pronunciation is “xiū”. Th-e structure of this character is very intresting, even we can
regard it as a story. The left part is single side, and it means a
person; the right part is wood, and it means a big tree. So we
can imagine that a person was too tired to move on, thus he orshe stoped and rested against a big tree.
There are many kinds of meanings of the character “休”，and some basic meanings as follows :
【1】have a rest ；【2】cease；【3】don’t; 【4】Auspicious, goodness, good fortune; 【5】resign.
As shown in below, There are some phrases in common use.
【1】休息 xiūxi have a rest; take a rest; rest
Ex: She can rest only on weekends.
【2】休闲 xiūxián free
Ex: Xiamen, is a good place for leisure.
【3】休假 xiūjià have a holiday; take a vacation
Ex: She can have two weeks of vacation with pay per year.
【4】休会 xiūhuì adjourn; stand adjourned
Ex: The meeting have to adjourn on account of the chairman's illness.
【5】休养 xiūyǎng recuperate; convalesce
Ex: The docter said that he need a good rest for a period of time.
【6】休想 xiūxiǎng don't imagine that it's possible
Ex: You had better tell the truth, don’t imagine you can cheat me!