Kanji in this term
Grade: 3


  • Tokyo pitch accent of conjugated forms of "遊ぶ"
Source: Online Japanese Accent Dictionary
Stem forms
Terminal (終止形)
Attributive (連体形)
遊ぶ そぶ [àsóbú]
Imperative (命令形) 遊べ そべ [àsóbé]
Key constructions
Passive 遊ばれる そばれる [àsóbárérú]
Causative 遊ばせる そばせる [àsóbásérú]
Potential 遊べる そべる [àsóbérú]
Volitional 遊ぼう そぼ [àsóbóꜜò]
Negative 遊ばない そばない [àsóbánáí]
Negative perfective 遊ばなかった そばなかった [àsóbánáꜜkàttà]
Formal 遊びます そびま [àsóbímáꜜsù]
Perfective 遊んだ そんだ [àsóńdá]
Conjunctive 遊んで そんで [àsóńdé]
Hypothetical conditional 遊べば そべ [àsóbéꜜbà]


(あそ) (asobuintransitive godan (stem (あそ) (asobi), past (あそ)んだ (asonda))

  1. play, amuse oneself, enjoy oneself
  2. spend one's time idle, do nothing
  3. for an item not to be in use, be spare or idle

Usage notesEdit

Unlike "play" in English, this term is applied to both children and adults. (This leads to usage errors such as "I enjoy playing with my girlfriend on weekends.") It is used broadly for any enjoyable activity such as socializing.


Derived termsEdit


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