Definition of 一所懸命

いっしょけんめいisshokenmei Inflection

adjectival noun / adverbial noun / noun:

  • very hard; with utmost effort; with all one's might; desperately; frantically; for dear life; all-out effort; sticking at living in and defending one place - four character idiom 一生懸命
  • sticking at living in one place

Example Sentences

kareha一所懸命isshokenmei勉強benkyouしたshitaそうsouでなかったらdenakattara試験shikenni落ちていたochiteitaだろうdarou
He worked hard; otherwise he would have failed in the examination.
kimiha一所懸命isshokenmei勉強しbenkyoushiさえsaeすればsurebaよいyoiそうすればsousureba試験shikenni合格goukakuするsuruでしょうdeshou
You have only to study hard, and you will pass the test.
一所懸命isshokenmei働いてhataraitekareha成功seikouしたshita
Hard work has brought him success.
一所懸命isshokenmeiになってninattekarehaそのsonokini登ったnobotta
With great effort he climbed up the tree.
もしmoshikaregaもっとmotto一所懸命にisshokenmeini働いていたhataraiteitaならばnarabakareha今ではimadeha金持ちkanemochiかもしれないkamoshirenaiのだnodaga
If he had worked harder, he might be a rich man now.

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