Meaning

Primary

To Carry Something Out

Alternative

To Perform Something

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

The meaning of this word is pretty strange, having very little to do with the kanji meaning you learned. This word means to carry something out. Maybe you can think of it like someone is saying "You () go do that task!" to get yourself to carry out the task. Whatever you do, just know this is a weird exception word, so you may have to do some extra work to remember it.

Reading

おこなう
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading is also a strange exception. You have to remember the おこな portion. Maybe this mnemonic will help: You have to carry out a task but you're not too excited about it. Then you find out the task will bring you to Kona, Hawaii. "Oh, Kona!?" (おこな), you shout. In that case, you'll get right on it.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜を行う
  • 〜で行う

Common Word Combinations

  • チェックを行う
    to perform a check
    トレーニングを行う
    to carry out training
    サポートを行う
    to carry out support services
  • インドで行う
    to carry out in India
    大学で行う
    to carry out at a university
    パソコン上で行う
    to carry out on the computer

Context Sentences

雨さえなければ、七月四日に花火大会を行うつもりです。

As long as it doesn't rain, we intend to hold the fireworks display on July 4th.

来年の五月に学生が地方のさくらめぐりを行うらしいです。

Apparently the students are holding a regional cherry blossom tour in May of next year.

いつもはサヤカがうどん切りを行うのだが、休みをとってしばらくはいないので、私がそれを行わなければならなくなったけど、どうもうまくいかない。

Sayaka usually performs the udon noodle cutting, however she's on vacation and won't be around for a while, so I've ended up having to do it, but it's just not going well.

Kanji Composition