Meaning

Primary

To Hold Something Down

Alternative

To Grasp Something

Word Type

transitive verb, ichidan verb

Explanation

The kanji means push, and this verb means things like to hold something down and to grasp something. This verb is pretty versatile, and you can use it if you're holding down a piece of paper, holding a cloth to a wound, or grasping a concept.

Reading

おさえる
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This has the same reading as the kanji you learned, so hopefully you can read this on your own.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜に押さえる
  • 〜で押さえる
  • 〜押さえる
  • 〜を押さえる

Common Word Combinations

  • 必死に押さえる
    to hold down frantically
  • 左手で押さえる
    to hold down with one's left hand
    指で押さえる
    to hold down with one's fingers
    手で押さえる
    to hold down with one's hand
  • まず押さえる
    to get to grips with something first
    きちんと押さえる
    to fully grasp something
    しっかり押さえる
    to hold something down firmly, to master something
  • 頭を押さえる
    to apply pressure to one's head
    口を押さえる
    to cover one's mouth
    ポイントを押さえる
    to grasp the point, to keep to the point

Context Sentences

宇宙人は左手でガッと男の頭を押さえた。

The alien held down the man's head forcefully with his left hand.

この単語は大事なので、しっかり押さえておきましょう!

These words are important, so make sure to master them!

どうしたの、お腹押さえて。

What's wrong? You're holding your stomach.

Kanji Composition