Meaning

Primary

Power

Alternatives

Strength, Ability

Word Type

noun

Explanation

When a vocab word is made up of a single kanji and that's it, it almost always takes the meaning from its parent kanji. So, this vocab word also means power.

Reading

ちから
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

When a vocab word is a single kanji all alone with no okurigana (hiragana attached to the kanji), it usually uses the kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn the kun'yomi reading with the kanji, so for this vocab word, we'll use a mnemonic.

The most powerful man in the world. All his power came from his cheek (ちから). Imagine him blowing up his cheek like a giant balloon, then unleashing his power on you. Thwap thwap thwap thwap.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜の力
  • 力が〜
  • 力を〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 一人一人の力
    the power of each person
    人の力
    people's strength, people's ability
    みんなの力
    everyone's power
  • 力がある
    to be strong
    力が入る
    to be filled with strength
    力がつく
    to gain strength
  • 力をもらう
    to get strength
    力をいれる
    to put in effort
    力をつける
    to build up strength, to acquire ability

Context Sentences

おなかがすいて、力がでない。

I’m hungry and losing strength.

あのアメリカ人の女にはふじ山をうごかす力がある。

That American woman has the power to move Mt. Fuji.

おかあさんは、のこりのかぞくがたばになってもかなわない力をもっている。

My mom is more powerful than the rest of my family put together.

Kanji Composition