Meaning

Primary

To Look Back At

Alternatives

To Look Back On, To Look Back

Word Type

intransitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

Your seeing is returning on something. This verb can be both transitive and intransitive. When it’s transitive, it means to look back at, in the sense of looking back at someone who’s behind you, or looking back at your past. When it’s intransitive, it simply means to look back, in the sense of looking over your shoulder.

Reading

みかえる
  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The readings are just and the vocab word 返る, combined together. So long as you know both of those you should be able to combine them into the reading for this word.

Context

Context Sentences

チラリと見返ると、彼もまだ私のことを見ていました。

When I glanced back, he was still looking at me.

青緑色のチョウチョウがヒラヒラしているのを見ながら、私はふと森君の方を見返りました。

As I watched the fluttering of the turquoise butterfly, I suddenly glanced back at Mori-kun.

ガシャーンと大きな音がして、私は思わず後ろを見返った。

There was a huge crash and I involuntarily looked behind me.

Kanji Composition