Meaning

Primary

To Knock Over

Alternatives

To Knock Down, To Bring Down

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb.

The kanji itself means overthrow or collapse, and this verb is transitive, like most verbs ending in , so you are doing those things to something else. So, this verb means things like to knock over, to knock down, and to bring down.

This word can be used to talk about physically knocking something over, as well as bringing something or someone down, like a government.

Reading

たおす
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn that reading with this kanji, so here's a mnemonic to help you: You use the power of the Tao (たお) to do all of your knocking down. Imagine yourself contemplating Tao philosophy, then using those pleasant thoughts to knock everything over around you. BLAM!

Context

Context Sentences

穴じゃく子、倒したのだれ?

Who knocked over the perforated ladle?

あいつの事はおれが倒してみせるから、余計な心配はするな。

I'm gonna bring him down, so don't worry too much.

日曜日、僕は父と一緒に木を何本か切り倒した後、それを叩き切って薪にしました。

My dad and I knocked down some trees and chopped them up for logs this Sunday.

Kanji Composition