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I have the following text:

最好在创业之前对你所要做的事情做一个梳理,包括注册公司的流程、选址之类的事情。

What does 做一个梳理 mean?

I think it must be 'make a list'??

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梳理 has two basic ideas:

Oxford

VERB

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TEXTILES

card

将羊毛梳理成毛线

card wool into thread


2 整理 comb

梳理思路

organize one's ideas

In line with the second meaning of comb -or- organize:

KEY

2 {figurative} organize, analyze (data, etc.)

I think organization fits pretty well for your sentence here, especially because later in the sentence it mentions 流程 and 选址.

So basically we have 做一个梳理 = Do some organization

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You can understand it as making a list.

梳理 as a verb in this setting means "organising ideas" (Oxford EN-CN). Apparently making a list is one way to do that. Since "organising ideas" might sound awkward in the sentence in English, it's perfectly okay to say "make a plan", "make a list", "prioritise", "think it though" or "tease out" etc.

Besides "make a list", I think "sort out" would sound quite alright here as well:

最好在创业之前对你所要做的事情做一个梳理,包括注册公司的流程、选址之类的事情。

Before starting your own company, you'd better sort out what you need to do first, including stuff like registration procedures, location and so on.

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"make a list", yes.

梳理 is a compound word of two verbs, 梳 and 理, which just repeat each other. They both are actions of combing hair or cut hair.

梳理 is used for a more abstract meaning that include:

To keep things neat and tidy

To sort things out

To arrange in a certain way

To make a to do list

To prioritize tasks

To make it organized

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