Japanese Word Entry

  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; of a rail service, bus route, etc.), 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 pass for, to come across as, to seem like

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

  14. to be well-informed, to be wise

  15. to do ... completely, to do ... thoroughly

Alternative forms:
  • 徹る 【 とおる (tooru) 】

  • 透る 【 とおる (tooru) 】

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Chinese characters used in this word

traffic, pass through, avenue, commute, counter for letters, notes, documents, etc., common, communicate
Mandarin: ㄊㄨㄥ (tōng), ㄊㄨㄥˋ (tòng)
Cantonese: tung1
Japanese: ツウ (tsuu)、 ツ (tsu)、 トウ (tou) / とお.る (tooru)、 とお.り (toori)、 -とお.り (-toori)、 -どお.り (-doori)、 とお.す (toosu)、 とお.し (tooshi)、 -どお.し (-dooshi)、 かよ.う (kayou)
Korean: 통 (tong)
Vietnamese: thông

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

transparent, permeate, filter, penetrate, pass through
Mandarin: ㄊㄡˋ (tòu), ㄕㄨ (shū)
Cantonese: tau3
Japanese: トウ (tou) / す.く (suku)、 す.かす (sukasu)、 す.ける (sukeru)、 とう.る (touru)、 とう.す (tousu)、 とおる (tooru)
Korean: 투 (tu)
Vietnamese: thấu