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Godan verb with 'ru' ending
Transitive verb
to cut, to cut through, to perform (surgery)égoutter, émincer, éteindre, être capable de, abattre, achever, avoir fini, couper, couper (communication), couper en bandes, couper en morceaux, déconnecter, faire un rabais, finir, interrompre, rompre, scier, sculpter, tailler, terminer, tondre, trancher, traverser (une rue), vendre à perte

See also: 縁を切る
to sever (connections, ties)

to turn off (i.e. the light)
See also: 電話を切る
to terminate (i.e. a conversation), to hang up (the phone), to disconnect

to punch (a ticket), to tear off (a stub)
to open (something sealed)
to start
to set (a limit), to do (something) in less or within a certain time, to issue (stamps, vouchers, etc.)
See also: 値切る
to reduce, to decrease, to discount

to shake off (water, etc.), to let drip-dry, to let drain
to cross, to traverse
to criticize sharply
to act decisively, to do (something noticeable), to go first, to make (certain facial expressions, in kabuki)
to turn (a vehicle)
to curl (a ball), to bend, to cut
to shuffle (cards)
to dismiss, to sack, to let go, to expulse, to excommunicate
to dig (a groove), to cut (a stencil, on a mimeograph)
See also: 切り札
to trump

(in Go) to isolate (an opponent's stone)
also written as 鑽る
to start a fire (with wood-wood friction or by striking a metal against stone)

to draw (a shape) in the air (with a sword, etc.)
Godan verb with 'ru' ending
See also: 疲れきる
(after the -masu stem of a verb) to finish, to completeрезатьschneiden, aufschlitzen, abschneiden, kreuzen, durchschneiden, ausschalten, abstellen, abbrechen, auflegen, unterschreiten

ON: セツ, サイKUN: き.る, -き.れ, き.れ, -き.れる, き.れる, -ぎ.り, -き.り, き.り, -き.る, -ぎ.れ
cut, cutoff, be sharp

Conjugated forms
Example sentences
転職も引っ越しもして、心機一転、新たなスタートを切った。Parts: 転職 (てんしょく), 引っ越し (ひっこし), 心機一転 (しんきいってん), 新た (あらた), スタート, 切る (きる)I quit my job and moved so I could start off with a clean slate.

ハリーはなんとかその川を泳ぎきった。Parts: 何とか (なんとか), 其の (その), (かわ), 泳ぐ (およぐ), 切る (きる)Harry réussit à traverser la rivière à la nage.
Harry managed to swim across the river.

トランプをよく切ってください。Parts: トランプ, 良く (よく), 切る (きる), 下さい (ください)Please shuffle the cards carefully.

エアコンを切ってもかまいませんか。Parts: エアコン, 切る (きる), 構いません (かまいません)Do you mind if I turn off the AC?

いったん封を切るとそのテープは返品できません。Parts: 一旦 (いったん), (ふう), 切る (きる), 其の (その), テープ, 返品 (へんぴん), 出来る (できる)Once you break the seal, you can't return the tape.

2.大根は拍子木に切る。Parts: 大根 (だいこん), 拍子木 (ひょうしぎ), 切る (きる)2. Cut the daikon into long sticks.

「スミスさんをお願いしたいのですが」「そのまま切らずにお待ちください」Parts: さん, お願い (おねがい), したい, のだ (んです), 其のまま (そのまま), 切る (きる), 待つ (まつ), 下さい (ください)"May I speak to Mr Smith?" "Will you hold the line?"
"Pourrais-je parler à Mr Smith ?" "Un instant, s'il vous plaît."

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