ジ, ズ, こと, つか.う, つか.える, ろ

matter, thing, fact, business, reason, possibly

JLPT4 G3 S8 F18

The relevant oracle bone form of this character is hand/action indicator + an upright tube for holding slender, inscribed bamboo slats → an official raising a slender tube containing bamboo slats inscribed with records → *matter*; *affair*; *thing* (← matters recorded) → *job*; *work*; *serve*; *attend to* (← carry out official duties). Originally the same character as , but and came to bear divergent meanings (compare the same process in and ).

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