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合う [あう] (au)
    Meaning: Vm, verb~together, mutually
    Example: I talked it out with him.
    JLPT Level: 3
    Category: grammar
    Author: Amatuka

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ex #891   彼らはお互いにたすけあった 
They helped one another .  
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(Amatuka)
ex #1108   話しあうことでこの問題は解決できます。 
Through mutual discussion, this issue can be resolved.  
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ex #4759   あなたは、スミス氏と連絡を取り合うべきです。anatawa, sumisu-shi to renraku wo toriau bekidesu. 
You should keep in touch with Mr. Smith.  
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ex #4760   お互いを理解し合うようにしようではありませんか。 
Let's try to understand one another.  
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ex #4761   お母さんは私に彼と付き合うなと言いました。 
My mother told me not to keep company with him.  
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ex #4762   私は彼とフランスで知り合いました。 
I got acquainted with him in France.  
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ex #4763   二人は昔からの友達のように話し合いました。 
They talked together like old friends.  
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ex #4764   うまく噛み合わないまま何時間も話し合った。umaku kamiawanaimama nanjikanmo hanashiatta. 
They talked for hours at cross purposes.  
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(Miki)

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AmatukaFormed from verb -masu base + au.
Note that au conjugates as a normal godan (regular group 1) verb.

Vm = verb -masu base
 
AmatukaSeen in lots of dictionary entries, with varying degrees of direct relation to the 'together / mutually' meaning.
話し合う  for example is to consult or talk over a matter with someone.
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例の事件をもう話しました。[rei no jiken wo mou hanashimashta.] I've already told about that incident.
例の事件をもう話しあいました。[rei no jiken wo mou hanashiaimashta.] I've already talked with someone about that incident.
 
iblade# : 莉倥″蜷医≧ has a meaning of its own, meaning dating.

 
NickAll the examples are well-written. 
mariotwritter should add romaji for each entry! that helps better 
pumpkinjpsounds to mean totally different thing from the example in alc.co.jp
合う
come out right(計算が) // match up to(計算などが) // tie up(話の内容が)
【他動】
fit(衣服などの大きさ・形・デザインが人に)
meet(要求・条件など)
suit(要求などに)
【自動】
assort(ほかのものと)
assort(種類などが)
balance
coincide(形状・性質・意見・思想などが)
conform(形状・性質・考え方などが)
fit(サイズなどが)
marry(2種類以上の飲食物の味が)
mix(衣服のサイズ・相性などが)
 

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