Meaning

Primary

To Care About

Alternative

To Mind

Word Type

intransitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

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

This word generally implies a more direct physical or verbal expression of care, rather than just mentally caring about someone or something. The exception is when it's used in the negative, like 構わない (I don't mind).

Reading

かまう
  • 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: Do you care a lot about grammar? I don't care, unless it has to do with commas (かま). Then I do flip out.

Context

Context Sentences

「こちらの品は百万円ほどお高くなります。」「それでも構わないよ。それを頂くよ。」

"This one will cost about a million yen more." "I still don’t mind. I’ll take it."

Kanji Composition