How to Use the Japanese Word Okiru

Okiru, pronounced "oh-kee-roo", is a commonly-used Japanese word that translates to mean "to get up", "to rise", "to wake up", or "to sit up". It is also used more generally to mean "to happen", or "to occur".

Japanese Characters

起きる (おきる)

Example

Yoru osoku made okite, hon o yonde ita.
夜遅くまで起きて、本を読んでいた。

Translation: I stayed up reading until late at night.

Antonym

neru (寝る)

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