Japanese Dictionary

Reading and JLPT level
願う JLPT 3
Kana Reading
ねがう
Romaji
negau
Word Senses
  • Parts of speech
    Godan verb with `u' ending, transitive verb
    Meaning
    to desire; to wish; to hope
    Example sentence
    嫌な思い出消えること願っている He wishes to erase bad memories.
  • Parts of speech
    Meaning
    to beg; to request; to implore; to pray
    Example sentence
    明日おいで願えます Could you come and see me tomorrow?
  • Parts of speech
    auxiliary verb
    Meaning
    to have something done for oneself
    Example sentence
    時々自分男の子だったらいいのに願っていた My little sister sometimes wished she was a boy.

Examples of 願う, ねがう in a sentence


Verb Conjugations

Non-Past

Plain
願う
Plain Polite
願います
Negative
願わない
Negative Polite
願いません

Past

Plain
願った
Plain Polite
願いました
Negative
願わなかった
Negative Polite
願いませんでした

Te

Plain
願って
Plain Polite
願いまして
Negative
--
Negative Polite
--

Passive

Plain
願われる
Plain Polite
願われます
Negative
願われない
Negative Polite
願われません

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Kanji in this word

JLPT 3

19 strokes

petition, request, vow, wish, hope

On'Yomi: ガン

Kun'Yomi: ねが.う, -ねがい

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