Meaning

Primary

To Hand Over

Alternatives

To Ferry Something Across, To Lay Something Across

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

Because the hiragana ends with an  sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means transit. It's also in the verb 渡る, which means "to cross." But with 渡す, it's more like you're sending something across instead, usually to another person. So 渡す means to hand over.

It can also mean to ferry something across a river, or to lay something across an expanse, like when you lay a plank over a pothole or build a bridge across a river.

To remember the in 渡す, think of suing someone. When you sue () them, you have to hand over the papers to let them know you're suing. If you don't 渡す the papers, you can't sue!

Reading

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

Explanation

The reading is the same as the one you learned with the kanji.

Context

Context Sentences

彼が私にペンを渡してくれた時、胸がどきどきした。

When he handed me the pen my heart was pounding.

Kanji Composition