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First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as Middle Korean 혜아리다 (Yale: hyey.alita). From the same source as 세다 (seda, “to count”) with some unanalysable suffix, perhaps originally a dialectal variant. Compare 헤다 (heda, “(dialectal) to count”).


  • IPA(key)[ˈhe̞ːa̠ɾida̠]
  • Phonetic Hangul[:]
Revised Romanization? hearida
Revised Romanization (translit.)? healida
McCune–Reischauer? hearida
Yale Romanization? hēyalita


헤아리다 (hearida) (infinitive 헤아려 or 헤아리어, sequential 헤아리니)

  1. to consider, to think over (a matter)
    앞날을 헤아리지 아니하면 머지않아 우환이 따르기 마련이다.
    Amnareul heariji anihamyeon meojiana uhwani ttareugi maryeonida.
    Lack of consideration for the distant future is sure to be followed by trouble in the near future.
  2. to guess, to conjecture, to see through
    그의 안색에서 헤아려 보건대 그가 실패한 모양이다.
    Geuui ansaegeseo hearyeo bogeondae geuga silpaehan moyang-ida.
    From the way he looks, I would say that he failed.
  3. to count, to calculate
    대학 4년 동안의 수확은 헤아릴 수 없이 많다.
    Daehak 4nyeon dong-anui suhwageun hearil su eopsi manta.
    There's no way I can measure all that I got out of my four years in college.