Ichidan verb, intransitive verb
1. to be clear (of a sight, sound, colour, etc.); to be bright; to be vivid; to be crisp
  • まんげつ満月
  • そら
  • さえている
  • A full moon is shining bright in the sky.
2. to be clear-headed; to be alert; to be on the ball; to be wide awake
  • きのう昨日
  • ゆっくり
  • やす休んだ
  • ぶん
  • きょう今日
  • あたま
  • さえ冴えている
  • I feel smart today, to a degree that is in proportion to the amount of good rest I had yesterday.
3. to look upbeat; to be perky; to be cheerfuloften as 冴えない
4. to master (a skill); to excel at; to cleanly execute
5. to be satisfyingSee also 冴えない, often as 冴えない
6. to become frigid; to become intensely coldoriginal meaning; now somewhat old-fashioned
Other forms
冱える 【さえる】


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