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Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 断る (kotowaru)

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Kana: ことわる
Kanji: 断る; 断わる
Romaji: kotowaru

Type: Verb

Meaning: to refuse; to decline; to reject; to turn down; to inform; to give notice; to tell in advance

Example sentences:

一度断られたくらい、たいしたことではないわ。
ichido kotowarareta kurai, taishita koto dewa nai wa.
Being rejected once isn’t that big of a deal.


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今日は役を断りに来たんです。
kyou wa yaku o kotowari ni kitan desu.
I came here today to turn down the role.

Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 断る (kotowaru)

僕はあの人に断る理由を話した。
boku wa ano hito ni kotowaru riyuu o hanashita.
I explained to him the cause of my refusal.

小百合は松田に昼食に招待されたがそれを断った。
sayuri wa matsuda ni chuushoku ni shoutai sareta ga sore o kotowatta.
Sayuri declined Matsuda’s invitation to lunch.

Similar words:

拒む (kobamu); 否む (inamu)

Meaning in other languages:

Chinese: 拒绝 (jùjué)
Korean: 거절하다 (geojeolhada)


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