Meaning

Primary

To Interrupt

Alternatives

To Intercept, To Obstruct

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means intercept, so the verb version is to intercept or to interrupt.

Reading

さえぎる
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You haven't learned this reading yet, so here's a mnemonic to help you:

The thing you want to interrupt and to intercept is your roommate's sighing guitar (さえぎ). He keeps playing it and all it does is make these horrible, long sighing sounds. You want to interrupt it any cost.

Context

Context Sentences

人の話を遮るのは失礼です。

It’s rude to interrupt a person.

Kanji Composition