The Alternative Tagalog Dictionary: kaya

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Entry definition

kaya pronunciation
  • (able; to be able) /ˈkaːɪa/
  • (so) /kaˈɪa/
  • (for emphasis) /kaˈɪaʔ/
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adjective: {{tl-adj}}
  1. Able. Kaya natin ito! We can do this!
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  1. So, for cause and effect. Marami siyang ginawang trabaho kaya pag-uwi niya'y nakatulog siya agad. He'd done a lot of work so as soon as he got home, he fell asleep instantly.
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (informal) Expression for emphasis. Lagi mong iniisip na pangit ka. Maganda ka kaya. You always think you're ugly. You're very pretty, you know.
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  1. To be able to; to strive to. Kinakaya ng magtataho na magbuhat ng dalawang baldeng puno ng taho. The taho vendor forces himself to carry two full pails of soybean.

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