使[つか]

Godan verb, transitive verb

  1. to use (a thing, method, etc.), to make use of, to put to use.
  2. to use (a person, animal, puppet, etc.), to employ, to handle, to manage, to manipulate.
  3. to use (time, money, etc.), to spend, to consume.
  4. to use (language), to speak.

Variations

Pronunciation Kanji Kana Is Common
使[つか] 使う つかう
[つか] 遣う つかう

Contained Kanji Breakdown

使 use, send on a mission, order (3rd)
  • human radical (no. 9), person
  • officer, an official (Jr. High)
    • length, ten shaku, measure (Jr. High)
      • one, one radical (no.1)(1st)
      • mow, cut grass, subdue
    • mouth(1st)