守る

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Kanji in this term
Grade: 3

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Japanese. Related to (me, eye) and 見る (miru, to see, to look at), with an underlying meaning of to watch over.

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守る (transitive, godan conjugation, hiragana もる, romaji moru)

  1. (archaic) to stand watch over something, to be on the lookout for something (such as a watchman controlling entry to a place)
  2. (archaic) to protect or defend something, to ensure that something is safe
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compound of (me, ma, eye, sight) +‎ 守る (moru, protect, watch over).

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守る (transitive, godan conjugation, hiragana まもる, romaji mamoru)

  1. protect, defend
  2. watch carefully
  3. abide (by rules), observe (regulations)
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The 護る spelling is usually limited to the protect or defend senses.

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Etymology 3[edit]

Alteration of mamoru.

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守る (transitive, godan conjugation, hiragana まぼる, romaji maboru)

  1. see mamoru above
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Etymology 4[edit]

Alteration of maboru.

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守る (transitive, godan conjugation, hiragana まぶる, romaji maburu)

  1. see mamoru above
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