遊ぶ

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
あそ
Grade: 3
kun'yomi

Verb[edit]

遊ぶ (intransitive, hiragana あそぶ, romaji asobu)

  1. play, amuse oneself, enjoy oneself
  2. spend one's time idle, do nothing
  3. for an item not to be in use, be spare or idle

Conjugation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike "play" in English, this term is applied to both children and adults. (This leads to usage errors such as "I enjoy playing with my girlfriend on weekends.") It is used broadly for any enjoyable activity such as socializing.

References[edit]

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