Memory phrase (Mnemonic) for: 返



return, replace




Left: movement , right: against/opposition (Climbing the cliff by hand ? I am opposing!)


A movement into the 'opposite' means to return.


movement(The radical shinnyuu stands for movement and thus has the same meaning as the very similar radical ennyou )
cliff(The Radical gandare stands for cliff. Sometimes it is understood as a shield, like in 盾.)
hand(Several characters are used for hand: , , , ヨ)
Tip: Go to the radicals that are contained in this character and learn all the characters with this radical systematically!


唇を返す くちびるをかえす talking bad about sb.
返す かえす to return something
返事 へんじ reply, answer
宙返り ちゅうがえり somersault, looping-the-loop
引っ繰り返す ひっくりかえす to turn over, to knock over, to upset
引っ繰り返る ひっくりかえる to be overturned, to be upset, to topple over, to be reversed
引返す ひきかえす to repeat, to send back, to bring back
折り返す おりかえす to turn up, to fold back
振り返る ふりかえる to turn head, to look over one's shoulder, to turn around, to look back

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