Japanese Dictionary

Reading and JLPT level
生きる, 活きる JLPT 4
Kana Reading
いきる
Romaji
ikiru
Word Senses
  • Parts of speech
    Ichidan verb, intransitive verb
    Meaning
    to live; to exist
    Example sentence
    90歳以上生きること決してまれではない It is not rare at all to live over ninety years.
  • Parts of speech
    Meaning
    to make a living; to subsist
    Example sentence
    なく、生活保護生きてます I'm living on welfare, without a car or anything.
  • Parts of speech
    Meaning
    to be in effect; to be in use; to function
    Example sentence
    このままいくと120歳まで生きそうよ。 If you keep on like this, you'll probably live to reach 120!
  • Parts of speech
    Meaning
    to come to life; to be enlivened
    Example sentence
    なければ生きられない Man can't live without dreams.
  • Parts of speech
    Meaning
    to be safe (in baseball, go, etc.)
    Example sentence
    直向き生きるその姿実に健気です The single-minded way he gets on with his life is truly admirable.

Examples of 生きる, 活きる, いきる in a sentence


Verb Conjugations

Non-Past

Plain
生きる
Plain Polite
生きます
Negative
生きない
Negative Polite
生きません

Past

Plain
生きた
Plain Polite
生きました
Negative
生きなかった
Negative Polite
生きませんでした

Te

Plain
生きて
Plain Polite
生きまして
Negative
--
Negative Polite
--

Passive

Plain
生きられる
Plain Polite
生きられます
Negative
生きられない
Negative Polite
生きられません

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Kanji in this word

JLPT 3

9 strokes

lively, resuscitation, being helped, living

On'Yomi: カツ

Kun'Yomi: い.きる, い.かす, い.ける

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