窪む

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Jinmeiyō

Etymology[edit]

Verb derived from noun / (kubo, an indentation, a depression) + verbalizing suffix (becoming like [noun]), with suffix ぶ mutating to む due to the preceding syllable ぼ.

Verb[edit]

窪む (intransitive, godan conjugation, hiragana くぼむ, romaji kubomu)

  1. To become hollow, cave in, sink in.
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Usage notes[edit]

The transitive form is 窪める / 凹める (くぼめる, kubomeru). Consequently, the potential form is the same as the passive form, くぼまれる, instead of くぼめる as shown in the table above.

The spelling 窪む is used more often for くぼむ, because the alternate spelling 凹む also does double duty as へこむ.

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