Japanese Word Entry

通る
Kana:とおる
Definitions:
  1. to go by, to go past, to go along, to travel along, to pass through, to use (a road), to take (a route), to go via, to go by way of

  2. to run (between), to operate (between), to connect

  3. to go indoors, to go into a room, to be admitted, to be shown in, to be ushered in, to come in

  4. to penetrate, to pierce, to skewer, to go through, to come through

  5. to permeate, to soak into, to spread throughout

  6. to carry (e.g. of a voice), to reach far

  7. to be passed on (e.g. of a customer's order to the kitchen), to be relayed, to be conveyed

  8. to pass (a test, a bill in the House, etc.), to be approved, to be accepted

  9. to go by (a name), to be known as, to be accepted as, to have a reputation for

  10. to be coherent, to be logical, to be reasonable, to be comprehensible, to be understandable, to make sense

  11. to get across (e.g. of one's point), to be understood

  12. to be straight (e.g. wood grain)

  13. to be well-informed, to be wise

  14. to do ... completely, to do ... thoroughly

Alternative forms: 徹る 、 透る

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Chinese characters used in this word

traffic, pass through, avenue, commute, counter for letters, notes, documents, etc., common, communicate
Readings
Mandarin: ㄊㄨㄥ (tōng), ㄊㄨㄥˋ (tòng)
Cantonese: tung1
Japanese: ツウ、 ツ、 トウ / とお.る、 とお.り、 -とお.り、 -どお.り、 とお.す、 とお.し、 -どお.し、 かよ.う
Korean:
Vietnamese: thông

penetrate, clear, pierce, strike home, sit up (all night), pervade, penetrating
Readings
Mandarin: ㄔㄜˋ (chè)
Cantonese: cit3
Japanese: テツ / とおる
Korean:
Vietnamese: triệt
Variants
Simplified Chinese form:
Semantic variant form:

transparent, permeate, filter, penetrate, pass through
Readings
Mandarin: ㄊㄡˋ (tòu), ㄕㄨ (shū)
Cantonese: tau3
Japanese: トウ / す.く、 す.かす、 す.ける、 とう.る、 とう.す、 とおる
Korean:
Vietnamese: thấu