到底

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]


Adverb[edit]

到底

  1. actually; are or are not; after all
  2. finally; in the end; when all is said and done
  3. until the end; to the finish

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
とう
Grade: S
てい
Grade: 4
on'yomi

Adverb[edit]

到底 (hiragana とうてい, romaji tōtei)

  1. absolutely, (with negative verb) possibly (as in "couldn't possibly"), utterly
    • 1908, 夏目漱石 (Natsume Sōseki), 夢十夜 (Ten nights of dreams), [1]
      とうてい ()にそうには ()えない。
      Tōtei shinisō ni wa mienai.
      It didn't appear possible that [she] was about to die.

References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakkan, ISBN 4095102535.