配 (Distribute) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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distributedeliverallocatedistributionattentionworry

Kun readings 🇯🇵

くば.る

On readings 🇨🇳

はい
配 (Distribute) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

The kanji 配 means distribute, deliver, allocate, distribution, attention, worry.

配 is a kanji found in many common words, especially in manga and anime. Knowing this kanji is therefore useful for understanding various phrases.

In this post we learn in detail the meaning of 配, its origin, and how it is used through real example sentences.


Origin of the kanji 配

The kanji 配 in turn originates from two other very common kanji:

  • 酉: kanji which means west, but which is also the sign of the bird
  • 己: kanji and radical meaning myself (also used as a pronoun)

What does kanji mean 配

This kanji is commonly used in conjunction with other kanji to denote worry, domination, and distribution.

The kanji also has the meaning of to distribute with the verb (くば)る.

Kanji readings 配

Let's now see the various On and Kun readings that the kanji 配 assumes.

Kun readings of the kanji 配 🇯🇵

くば.る

The reading くば is used for the verb (くば)る (to distribute) and its variants. This reading is not very common, especially compared to the On reading of the kanji: はい.

On readings of the kanji 配 🇨🇳

はい

The reading はい is very useful because it is used in many common words for the kanji 配.

Some words that use the kanji 配 reading はい are:

  • (しん)(はい): worry, fear, anxiety
  • ()(はい): sign, indication, sensation
  • ()(はい): domain, control, management

Examples of the kanji 配

(やつ)らに()(はい)されていた(きょう)()

The terror of their domain.

でも()(はい)(おに)だわ。

But the feeling is that it is a demon.

こいつ()(はい)()わった。

This guy, his attitude has changed.

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