Meaning

Primary

To Burn

Alternative

To Be On Fire

Word Type

intransitive verb, ichidan verb

Explanation

Remember how 燃やす means "to burn something" or "to set on fire”? Well, 燃える is the version that means to burn or to be on fire. You might say that paper and wood 燃える easily, for example. And if your house is 燃えている, you're in trouble.

You can remember this slightly different meaning for 燃える because of the える part, which refers to the letter "L." And the "L" stands for "love" — as in your passionate, burning love for kanji.

Reading

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

Explanation

The reading is the same as the word 燃やす.

Context

Context Sentences

城は燃える木のにおいで充満しているようでした。

The castle seemed to be full of the smell of burning wood.

Kanji Composition