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, 本, 素, 基, もと
usu. 元
1. origin, source
esp. 基
2. base, basis, foundation, root
also 因, 原
3. cause
esp. 素
4. ingredient, material
Only 元
5. (somebody's) side, (somebody's) location
, 許, もと
often のもとに or のもとで
1. under (guidance, supervision, rules, the law, etc.)
2. under (a flag, the sun, etc.), beneath
in the form ...のもとに
3. with (e.g. one blow), on (the promise, condition, assumption, etc. that ...), in (e.g. the name of)
See 元・5, usu. written 元
4. (somebody's) side, (somebody's) location
, 旧, 故, もと
May take 'no', Noun, used as a prefix
1. former, ex-, past, one-time
2. earlier times, the past, previous state
Adverbial noun
3. formerly, previously, originally, before
, もと
See 酒母, See 元・もと・1
yeast starter, yeast mash
求める, もとめる
Ichidan verb, Transitive
1. to want, to wish for
2. to request, to demand, to require, to ask for
3. to seek, to search for, to look for, to pursue (pleasure), to hunt (a job)
See 買う・1, Polite
4. to purchase, to buy
基づく, 基付く, 基く, もとづく
Godan verb, Intransitive
to be grounded on, to be based on, to be due to, to originate from
回る, 廻る, もとおる
Godan verb, Intransitive
to wander around
もともと, 元々, 本々, 元元, 本本
Adverb, May take 'no', Usually in kana
originally, by nature, from the start
もとより, 元より, 固より, 素より
Adverb, Usually in kana
1. from the beginning, from the first, all along, originally
2. of course
求め, 需め, もと
1. request, appeal, claim, demand
2. purchase
元通り, 元どおり, もとどおり
NA-adjective, Temporal noun (jisoumeishi)
as before, as ever, as it was originally
もと, 悖る, 戻る
Godan verb, Intransitive, Usually in kana
to go against, to act contrary to, to run counter to, to deviate from
本木, もと
original stock
元手, もと
1. capital, funds, seed money
2. asset
求む, もと
Nidan verb, Transitive, See 求める・1, often now as ...(を)求む
1. to want, to wish for
See 求める・2, Archaism
2. to request, to demand
See 求める・3
3. to seek, to search for, to pursue (pleasure), to hunt (a job)
See 求める・4, Polite
4. to purchase, to buy
元は, もと
本葉, もと
See 末葉・うらば
trunk leaves, leaves near the base of a stem
もと, 元い
Interjection, Usually in kana, in drill, calisthenics, etc.
1. as you were, return to your original position!
See 元へ・2, used in speech to correct oneself
2. er, rather
もと, 元へ
Interjection, Usually in kana, in drill, calisthenics, etc.
1. as you were, return to your original position!
used in speech to correct oneself
2. er, rather
, もと
1. basis, foundation
2. cause
元締め, 元締, もとじめ
manager, boss, controller, promoter
元結い, 元結, もとゆい, もと, もっとい
(paper) cord for tying the hair
元込め, もとごめ
元サヤ, 元鞘, 元さや, もとサヤ, もとさや
See 元の鞘に収まる・もとのさやにおさまる, Abbreviation
getting back together, being reconciled, returning to normal
元栓, もとせん
stopcock (gas, water)
元肥え, もとごえ
first fertilizing, first fertilising
元方, もとかた
capitalist, wholesaler
元売り, 元売, もとうり
direct sale by the producer
元高, もとだか
principal (e.g. in a loan)
元歌, もとうた
original song
元請け, 元請, もとうけ
prime contract work, prime contractor
元カノ, 元かの, もとカノ, もとかの
See 彼女・2, Colloquialism
former girlfriend, ex-girlfriend
元彼, 元カレ, もとかれ, もとカレ
See 彼氏・1, Colloquialism
former boyfriend, ex-boyfriend
元妻, もとつま
See 元夫
ex-wife, former wife
元ネタ, 元ねた, もとネタ, もとねた
See ねた・1
original (that was parodied or acted as an inspiration for something else, etc.), source
求むる, もとむる
Godan verb, Transitive
to want, to seek, to request
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