沿う

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
沿

Grade: 6
kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Old Japanese. Used in the Man'yōshū, completed some time after 759 CE.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

沿う (intransitive, godan conjugation, hiragana そう, rōmaji sou)

  1. to run along (a river, railway, road, etc.), to line (the shore etc.)
  2. to follow (rules, guidelines, etc.)

Conjugation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Often used in a kind of adverbial phrase construction, ...沿って... (... ni sotte ...), with a general meaning of along, in keeping with, along the lines of, in parallel with.

  •  () (ぶん) () (たい)沿 ()って (せい) (かつ)する
    jibun no kitai ni sotte seikatsu suru
    to live in keeping with one's own expectations

References[edit]

  1. ^ c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 14, poem 3485), text here
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN