Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
Alternative spellings
會う (kyūjitai)
遇う (rare)

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  • Tokyo pitch accent of conjugated forms of "会う"
Source: Online Japanese Accent Dictionary
Stem forms
Terminal (終止形)
Attributive (連体形)
会う [áꜜù]
Imperative (命令形) 会え [áꜜè]
Key constructions
Passive 会われる われ [àwáréꜜrù]
Causative 会わせる わせ [àwáséꜜrù]
Potential 会える [àéꜜrù]
Volitional 会おう [àóꜜò]
Negative 会わない ない [àwáꜜnàì]
Negative perfective 会わなかった なかった [àwáꜜnàkàttà]
Formal 会います いま [àímáꜜsù]
Perfective 会った った [áꜜttà]
Conjunctive 会って って [áꜜttè]
Hypothetical conditional 会えば えば [áꜜèbà]


() (auあふ (afu)?intransitive godan (stem () (ai), past ()った (atta))

  1. to meet with, see, meet again or for the first time
    ()いたいaitaiI miss you (literally, “I want to meet up [with you again]”)
    ()いたかったんだaitakatta n daI wanted to see [you again]; I'd missed you
    tomodachi ni aenakunaru
    to become unable to see one's friends
  2. to come across, meet by accident, bump into
    Synonym: 出会う (deau)
  3. to gather, to come together
  4. to receive guests etc.



  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN
  3. ^ 2002, 京阪系アクセント辞典 (A Dictionary of Tone on Words of the Keihan-type Dialects) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Bensei, →ISBN