化ける

Reading

Kana: ばける
Romaji: bakeru
Kana
Romaji

Definitions

v1
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1

to take the form of (esp. in ref. to a spirit, fox, raccoon dog, etc.); to assume the shape of; to turn oneself into; to transform oneself into

2

to disguise oneself as

3

to change radically; to metamorphose

4

to improve unexpectedly and dramatically (esp. of an actor, artist, rikishi, etc.)

Kanji

Readings: カ、 ケ、 ば.ける、 ば.かす、 ふ.ける、 け.する
Meanings: change, take the form of, influence, enchant, delude, -ization

Example Sentences

(ねこ)()けると()われる。
➥It is said that cats can shape-change.
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大器晩成(たいきばんせい)大物(おおもの)()われて(ひさ)しいけど、(かれ)、いつになったら()けるのかね。
➥I haven't heard anyone call him a late bloomer in a while. But I do wonder when he's going to grow up.
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老ける

化ける

Reading

Kana: ふける
Romaji: fukeru
Kana
Romaji

Definition

v1
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1

to age; to grow old

Kanji

Readings: ロウ、 お.いる、 ふ.ける
Meanings: old man, old age, grow old
Readings: カ、 ケ、 ば.ける、 ば.かす、 ふ.ける、 け.する
Meanings: change, take the form of, influence, enchant, delude, -ization

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(かれ)はふけている。
➥He looks old for his age.
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気苦労(きぐろう)(かれ)(きゅう)にふけた。
➥Care aged him quickly.
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(かれ)年齢(ねんれい)(わり)()けて()える。
➥He looks old for his age.
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(かれ)()けて()える。
➥He looks old for his age.
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(かれ)(とし)(わり)には()けて()える。
➥He looks old for his age.
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(かれ)()けて()えるが、まだ20(だい)だ。
➥He looks old, but he is still in his twenties.
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