Meaning

Primary

To Tighten

Alternative

To Tie

Word Type

transitive verb, ichidan verb

Explanation

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

Reading

しめる
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

You go to tighten and to tie your captive up, and you realize you don't have anything to do it with. Then you see a sheep standing nearby. Okay. You take the sheep (), pull its wool, and tie the sheep and your captive up together around a tree. Problem solved!

Context

Context Sentences

ガスの元栓、ちゃんと締めた?

Did you tightly turn off the gas?

Kanji Composition