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使う, 遣う


Godan verb with `u' ending, transitive verb
  • to use (a thing, method, etc.)
  • to make use of
  • to put to use
  • to use (a person, animal, puppet, etc.)
  • to employ
  • to handle
  • to manage
  • to manipulate
  • to use (time, money, etc.)
  • to spend
  • to consume
  • to use (language)
  • to speak
  • to take (one's lunch)
  • to circulate (bad money)


Present 使う
Negative 使わない
Past 使った
Past Negative 使わなかった
Te Form 使って
Masu Form 使います
Potential 使える
Passive 使われる
Causative 使わせる
Conditional 使えば
Volitional 使おう
Imperative 使え

Related Kanji

使 use, send on a mission, order, messenger, envoy, ambassador, cause
dispatch, despatch, send, give, donate, do, undertake
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