Jisho

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Yodan verb with hu/fu ending (archaic), intransitive verb
1. to serve (by a superior's side)Archaism, Only applies to 候ふ
Auxiliary verb, Yodan verb with hu/fu ending (archaic)
2. to beArchaism, Polite (teineigo), auxiliary used in place of ある after で or に when forming a copula
3. to doArchaism, Polite (teineigo), auxiliary used in place of ます after a -masu stem
Other forms
候ふ 【そうらう】候 【そうろう】候 【そうらう】
Notes
そうらう: Out-dated or obsolete kana usage. 候: Irregular okurigana usage. そうらう: Out-dated or obsolete kana usage. 候: Irregular okurigana usage.

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