\ ˈdau̇ How to pronounce Tao (audio) , ˈtau̇ \

Definition of Tao

1a : the unconditional and unknowable source and guiding principle of all reality as conceived by Taoists
b : the process of nature by which all things change and which is to be followed for a life of harmony
2 often not capitalized : the path of virtuous conduct as conceived by Confucians
3 often not capitalized : the art or skill of doing something in harmony with the essential nature of the thing the Tao of archery

First Known Use of Tao

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Tao

Chinese (Beijing) dào, literally, way

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“Tao.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tao. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Tao

: the source and guiding principle of all reality according to Taoism

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