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Ichidan verb
Intransitive verb
to be clear (of a sight, sound, colour, etc.), to be bright, to be vivid, to be crisp

Ichidan verb
Intransitive verb
to be clear-headed, to be alert, to be on the ball, to be wide awake

Ichidan verb
Intransitive verb
often as 冴えない
to look upbeat, to be perky, to be cheerful

Ichidan verb
Intransitive verb
to master (a skill), to excel at, to cleanly execute

Ichidan verb
Intransitive verb
See also: 冴えない・2
often as 冴えない
to be satisfying

Ichidan verb
Intransitive verb
original meaning; now somewhat old-fashioned
to become frigid, to become intensely cold

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Conjugated forms
Present, Future 冴える, 冴えます
[does], will [do]
冴えない, 冴えません
doesn't [do], will not [do]
Past 冴えた, 冴えました
冴えなかった, 冴えませんでした
didn't [do]
Te-form, Continuative 冴えて, 冴えまして 冴えないで, 冴えませんで 冴えなくて
ON: ゴ, コ KUN: さ.える, こお.る, ひ.える
be clear, serene, cold, skilful

Stroke: 7 JLPT: N1 SKIP: 1-2-5 FC: 3114.4

ON: ゴ, コ KUN: さ.える, こお.る, ひ.える
freeze, be cold, be clear, attain skill

Stroke: 6 SKIP: 1-2-4 FC: 3111.1

Parts: 満月 (まんげつ) (そら) 冴える (さえている)
A full moon is shining bright in the sky.

Parts: 昨日 (きのう) ゆっくり 休む (やすむ) (ぶん) 今日 (きょう) (あたま) 冴える (さえる)
I feel smart today, to a degree that is in proportion to the amount of good rest I had yesterday.