보다

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of native Korean origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

보다 ‎(boda) ‎(infinitive or 보아, sequential 보니)

  1. to see, look at
  2. to look after (a baby, child, house, etc.)
    아이를 보다‎ ― ai-reul boda ― to look after a child
  3. to watch (a film, TV, etc.)
    영화를 보다‎ ― yeonghwa-reul boda ― to watch a film
  4. to read (a book, newspaper, etc.)
  5. to examine (a document, patient, disorder, etc.)
  6. to take (an examination)
  7. to experience (a profit, loss, etc.)
  8. to relieve oneself
  9. to try something; requires a main verb with "-아/어" suffix or use attributively with "적".
    한번 생각해 볼게요.
    Hanbeon saenggakhae bolgeyo.
    I will consider it. (Literally, "I will try thinking about it.")
    한국에 가 적있어요?
    Han-gug-e ga bon jeog-isseoyo?
    Have you ever been to (South) Korea?

Usage notes[edit]

Note: it doesn't mean "to try hard" (e.g., "I tried to pass the exam."). For that, you can use "-려(고) 하다" or "-려고 노력하다". Compare Japanese 見る.

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Adverb[edit]

보다 ‎(boda)

  1. more
    • 보다 열심히‎ ― boda yeolsimhimore enthusiatically
  2. rather

Particle[edit]

보다 ‎(boda)

  1. than, rather than
    • 지리산보다 한라산이 더 높다.
      Jirisanboda hallasani deo nopda.
      Mount Halla is taller than Mount Jiri.
    • 어제보다 오늘이 손님이 더 많다.
      Eojeboda oneuri sonnimi deo manta.
      There are more customers today than yesterday.