To Search For


To Seek

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb


Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means search so the verb vocab version is to search for or to seek.

Curious about the difference between 捜す and 探す? While there is some overlap between the two, 捜す is typically used in official, thorough searches for something or someone that is thought to concretely exist and has disappeared or cannot be easily found. In contrast, 探す can also be used for personal searches for things that one desires or is looking for.


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


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're searching all around for a "sagger" (さが) on your body. This is a flap of skin that is sagging on your body really far, and you probably should get it removed.


Context Sentences


I’m searching for my grandmother. She has Alzheimer's and hasn’t come home since yesterday.

Kanji Composition