Meaning

Primary

To Miss An Event

Alternatives

To Fail To Do, To Fail To Have

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

Remember how means lack? This verb is related – it's like you're causing yourself to lack something. It can mean to miss an event, so the thing you cause yourself to lack is an experience. It can also mean to fail to do something, or to fail to have something, depending on the context.

You can remember it this way: Since you cause yourself to lack something with this word, it's all your fault. That's why you want to cuss (かす). You made yourself miss out on something. Well $*%!!!

Reading

かかす
  • 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 learned this reading already so you should be able to read it!

Context

Pattern of Use

Common Word Combinations

  • 服用を欠かす

    to miss a dose

    食事を欠かす

    to miss a meal

    ランニングを欠かす

    to miss a run

Context Sentences

毎日の生活にヨガは欠かせません。

I can't miss yoga in my daily life.

このチームの仲間は一人も欠かすことができないくらい大切だ。

Each member of the team is indispensable and important.

私の生活に、携帯電話を欠かすことはできない。

I cannot live without my cell phone.

Kanji Composition