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Etymology 1Edit

The kanji spelling 呉れる is an example of ateji (当て字), based on a kun reading of , kure, which referred to China in ancient Japan.

Alternative formsEdit



くれる (ichidan conjugation, rōmaji kureru)

  1. to give to me, to us, or to someone close to me
    友達 (ともだち)CD (シーディー)くれた
    Tomodachi ga shīdī o kureta.
    My friend gave me a CD.
  2. to do something for me, for us, or for someone close to me
     (さら) (あら)ってくれる
    Osara o arattekureru.
    He washes the dishes for me.
Usage notesEdit
  • The receiver is always the speaker or someone close to the speaker such as a family member.
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Etymology 2Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of くれる – see the following entry at 暮れる.
[verb](impersonal) get dark, for night to fall
[verb]for the season to end
[verb]be overwhelmed in an emotion, be lost in thought
(This term, くれる, is a hiragana spelling of 暮れる.)


  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN