What's the meaning of すます in 耳をすませば?
How would you translate this?
すます is 澄ます without the kanji, and it means "to clear, to purify".
耳をすます【みみをすます】is a set phrase, listed in the dictionary in its complete form, meaning to listen carefully.
You can think of すます, then, in this context, as meaning to clear out your ears so as to listen better.
It is difficult to translate すます alone in this context. 耳をすます is an idiom meaning 'pay attention to any slight sound'
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4 years ago