Meaning

Primary

To Suit

Alternatives

To Come Together, To Meet, To Match

Word Type

intransitive 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 suit so the verb version is to suit.

This word also means to come together as well. Presumably when something suits something else, it comes together with it flawlessly. That's why this word also has this other meaning (and it will be important for future vocab as well).

Reading

あう
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

You want to find a pet to suit your personal style, so you get matched with an aardvark (). An aardvark will match the ant mounds you use for chairs and couches, it's the perfect match.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜が合う
  • 〜に合う

Common Word Combinations

  • 目が合う
    to make eye contact
    ピントが合う
    to come into focus
    気が合う
    to get along well
  • 自分に合う
    to suit oneself
    口に合う
    to suit one's tastes
    ニーズに合う
    to suit one's needs

Context Sentences

肉りょうりには赤ワインが合います。

Red wine pairs well with meat dishes.

合うかどうか、しちゃくしてかくにんした方がいいよ。

You should try it on to see if it suits you.

アメリカのインド料理は、アメリカ人の口に合うよう、実際のインドでの調理方法とはかなり違った方法で作られている。

Indian cuisine in America is altered quite a bit from how it’s prepared in India to suit American tastes.

Kanji Composition