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Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 利く (kiku)

Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 利く (kiku)

Kana: きく
Kanji: 利く / 効く
Romaji: kiku

Type: Verb
Meaning: to be effective, to show effect, to do its work, to carry out its function well
JLPT level: N3

Example sentences:

きみが箱の封印を破ったことが、あともどりの利かない一連の出来事の発端となったのだよ。
kimi ga hako no fuuin o yabutta koto ga, ato modori no kikanai ichiren no dekigoto no hottan to natta no da yo.
When you broke the seal on that box, you set in motion a series of events from which there will be no return.

たしかに、アレルギー反応に効くかゆみ止めのクリームで、半分ほど使ってある。
tashika ni, arerugii hannou ni kiku kayumitome no kuriimu de, hanbun hodo tsukatte aru.
Sure enough, it’s a half-empty tube of anti-itch cream for allergic reactions.

利く (kiku)

マッカーサーへの抑えが効かないことも自覚していた。彼らはマッカーサーを尊敬もし恐れてもいた。
makkaasaa e no osae ga kikanai koto mo jikaku shite ita. karera wa makkaasaa o sonkei mo shi osorete mo ita.
They realized that they had very little control over MacArthur himself. They seemed to fear him almost as much as they respected him.

よく効く薬が手に要るようになった。きれいな飲料水が飲めるようになった。学校ができた。
yoku kiku kusuri ga te ni iru you ni natta. kirei na inryousui ga nomeru you ni natta. gakkou ga dekita.
They now have access to effective medicines. They have access to clean drinking water, and schools.

Meaning in other languages:

Chinese: 有效 (yǒuxiào)
Korean: 듣다 (deudda)

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