JLPT N2 Vocabulary


to pin down; to hold down; to press down

JLPT N2 vocabulary list

Learn Japanese vocabulary: 【おさえる】(osaeru)


  • to pin down; to hold down; to press down
  • to cover (esp. a part of one’s body with one’s hand); to clutch (a body part in pain); to press (a body part)
  • to get a hold of; to obtain; to seize; to catch; to arrest
  • to grasp (a point); to comprehend
  • to quell; to subdue; to suppress; to repress; to hold back; to check; to curb; to contain​

Type: Verb, Ichidan verb, Transitive verb

Level: JLPT N2 Vocabulary

- Example Sentences

Each example sentence includes a Japanese furigana reading, the romaji reading, and the English translation.

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Example #1

kare wa ikari wo osaeru koto ga dekinakatta.
He couldn't control his anger.
Example #2

kare ga te de jibun no kuchi wo osaeta.
He covered his own mouth with his hand.
Example #3

keikan wa sono dorobou wo toriosaeta.
The policeman caught the thief.
Example #4

kanojo no fuan ga eigo wo hanasu nouryoku wo osaeteiru.
Her anxiety limits her ability to speak English.