To Cure


To Heal, To Ease

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb


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 cure, and this verb means to cure, to heal or to ease something. This particular verb is when someone does the curing. The illness or injury doesn't just get better by itself. How can you remember that? Because when you try to heal someone and you mess up, they can try to sue () you.


  • 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:

I need you to heal him, and I need you to heal him right now (なお). NOW NOW NOW!

This also shares the reading for 直す, a very similar word you learned previously, which means "to fix." I'm guessing that the Japanese word なおす was only one word ("to fix" and "to cure" are pretty similar, right?). Then, there were two Chinese words for it (as you can see with the kanji), so the one Japanese word got split into two very similar words.


Context Sentences


Medications are needed to cure this disease.


Do you know how to heal scratches fast?


To cure a scratchy throat, it's best to tie a leek around your neck.

Kanji Composition