ガン, ねが.う, ねがい, ら

petition, request, vow, wish, hope

JLPT3 G4 S19 F894

As per # (round) + 頁 head → round head. Eventually, 願 came to be associated with the idea of a notion that circulates persistently in the brain (compare and ), leading to the extended meanings *wish*; *desire*; *hope* → *request*; *petition*; *application*.

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