やがて

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Japanese[edit]

Alternative spellings
軈て
頓て

Etymology[edit]

/jamiɡate/ → */jamɡate/ → */jaŋɡate//jaɡate/

Contraction of 止難(やみがて) (yamigate), compound of verb () (yamu, to stop) + suffix () (gate, difficult). First attested around the 10th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

やがて (yagate

  1. eventually, finally, in the end
    Synonym: 結局 (kekkyoku)
    ()()()(りょく)やがて()(むす)
    Hibi no doryoku ga yagate mi o musubu.
    The effort that was put in every day eventually bear fruit.
  2. not before long, soon
    (わたし)やがて30(さんじゅう)になる。
    Watashi wa yagate sanjū ni naru.
    I will soon be 30.
  3. almost, nearly (usually with time phrases)
    (さい)()()ってからやがて(いち)(ねん)になる。
    Saigo ni atte kara yagate ichinen ni naru.
    It has been almost a year since we last met.
  4. (archaic) as it is, unchanging
  5. (archaic) immediately
  6. (archaic) exactly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akira Matsumura, editor (2006) 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN