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Most useful words for each reading of every Jōyō kanji

Kanji Usefulness Level 5 1001-1136 Level-Appropriate Vocab

This collection contains 139 words.
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casting; founding; minting
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cast metal; casting
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concealment; suppression; hiding
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Ibaraki prefecture (Kanto area)
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carrying out a coffin; funeral procession
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shudder; shiver; tremble with fear; horrible; terrible; hair-raising
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pride; haughtiness; arrogance; insolence; hubris
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saltpeter
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ship
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taxes; taxation
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imitation; copying
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'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
to imitate; to follow; to emulate  (often written with kana only)
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1. penitence; discipline; house arrest
2. self restraint; moderating one's behaviour
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respectfully; humbly; reverently
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1. (a) touch of; tinge of; wreath (e.g. of smoke)
2. one stroke; one brush
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erasure; delete (e.g. DEL character)
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rainbow
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contriving (to raise funds); working out (a solution)
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pleasure; amusement
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stone mortar; millstone; quern
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molar
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simile; metaphor; allegory; parable
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withering; atrophy; contraction; dwarf
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ichidan verb, intransitive verb
1. to lose strength; to become weak; to waste away
2. to wither; to droop
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1. fluorescent lamp; fluorescent light
2. person who is slow to react; someone slow on the uptake
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firefly (Luciola cruciata); lightning bug; glowworm  (often written with kana only)
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suffocation; choking
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prostate gland
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bridge girder
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1. column; beam; girder; crossbeam; spar; yard
2. digit; decade; order of magnitude
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caring for (esp. a pet or a small object); cherishing; being fond of; prizing; treasuring
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metallurgy
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shyness; shame
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stopper; cork; stopcock
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apprehensions; misgivings; uneasiness; anxiety; fear
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silent (person); shy; taciturn; reticent; uncommunicative
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furrow; room with ridged roof
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noun, 'suru' verb, intransitive verb
looking up to a person as one's own master or model; being influenced by a person through his works; idolizing
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legitimate child
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stationing (troops); occupancy
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censure; denunciation; (verbal) attack; blaming
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to go upstream  (often written with kana only)
2. to go back (in time, to origin); to date back to; to trace back to; to make retroactive  (often written with kana only)
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going upstream; retroact; retrospect
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jury
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female (animal)  (see also: ; often written with kana only)
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1. male and female (animals); the two sexes
2. victory and defeat; strengths and weaknesses
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female flower
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frost
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frost damage
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dying at one's post; being killed in the line of duty
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'gu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to spin; to make yarn
2. to spin (a tale); to speak
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spinning
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1. avarice; greed; covetousness
2. raga (desire)  (usu. とんよく; Buddhist term)
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1. middle way; (golden) mean; moderation; middle path
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2. the Doctrine of the Mean (one of the Four Books)  (see also: 四書)
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verse; poetry
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repair; mending
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mending; repair; darning; patching up
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'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to wring (towel, rag); to squeeze  (esp. 絞る)
2. to squeeze (fruit to extract juice); to press; to extract; to milk; to express milk  (esp. 搾る)
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exploitation; squeezing; sweating
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pile (of things); depositing (in a pile); accumulation (sediment)
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root of evil; source of evil
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marriage; matrimony
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happiness in the next world
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providence; luck; favor; favour; advantage
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torture; the rack; third degree
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full of vim and vigor
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ratification; ratify
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slope; incline; gradient; grade; pitch
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low price
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10,000 yen  (壱 used in legal documents)
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noodles; vermicelli
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wholesale
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to sell wholesale
2. to grate (e.g. vegetables)
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diminished capacity; diminished responsibility; legally unaccountable (e.g. due to mental illness, drugs, alcohol, etc.)  (yojijukugo)
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exhaustion; consumption; waste; dissipation
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having an audience with someone of very high social standing (e.g. the emperor)  (humble)
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suru verb - special class, intransitive verb
to have an audience with
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tunnel; (mine) level
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condolence call
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guest of honour; guest of honor; privileged guest; visitor
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charge; load; fill
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diarrhoea; diarrhea
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1. menace; threat; intimidation
2. to threaten; to intimidate
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1. overflowing; flood; inundation; deluge
2. oversupply; plethora
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salary (esp. public employees); wages; pay
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annual salary
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writing paper; stationery
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letterpress; relief printing
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unevenness; roughness; ruggedness
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spinal cord
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imperial edict; decree
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imperial decree; imperial edict
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delicate; minute; subtle
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gradually; slowly; little by little; incrementally
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monthly installment (instalment); monthly payment  (see also: 月払い)
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slave labour; slave labor; compulsory service; forced labour; forced labor; exacted service
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dark reddish-brown; liver color
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shrewdness; tact
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sincerity; earnestness  (see also: 摯実)
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generic; general purpose; all-purpose
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scout; patrol; spy
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rejection; expulsion; boycott; ostracism
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(not even) a bit of; (not even) a hint of; (not) an iota of  (yojijukugo)
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correction (of fault, defect, flaw, etc.); remedy; rectification; redress; reform
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praise and censure; approval and disapproval; approbation and condemnation
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theft; stealing; larceny
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compliance; adherence (to a set of rules); (religious) observance
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bribe; sweetener; douceur
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laziness; idleness; sloth
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silkworm (Bombyx mori)
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silk thread; silk yarn
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1. haikai; collective name for haiku, haibun, haiga, senryū, etc.
2. humorous or vulgar renga poetry  (see also: 俳諧の連歌; abbreviation)
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industry; diligence; frugality
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(international) loan
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regrettable; unsatisfactory
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mammal; mammalian
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vocabulary; lexicon; lexis; terminology  (linguistics terminology)
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change; shake-up; reshuffle (e.g. of a cabinet); dismissal (e.g. of a minister); exchanging places
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entrusting (with)
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cultivating new land; clearing; reclamation
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communications (e.g. post, tele.)
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dairy (farm)
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fertility; productive
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plasticity
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(smallpox) vaccination; inoculation
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fear; horror; anxiety; concern; uneasiness
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weight
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progress; under way
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two  (ふ and ふう used mainly when counting aloud. 弐, 貳 and 貮 are used in legal documents.)
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news of a person's death; obituary
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1. certified copy; transcript
2. official copy of the family register  (see also: 戸籍謄本)
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silk thread
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New Year's decoration with cocoon-shaped cakes  (see also: 餅花)
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imperial seal; privy seal
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distribution
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'gu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to tear off; to peel off; to rip off; to strip off; to skin; to flay; to bark; to disrobe
2. to strip of (e.g. clothes, rank); to deprive of; to divest  (this meaning is restricted to reading はぐ)
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basket (shopping, etc.); hamper; cage  (often written with kana only)
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imprisonment; confinement
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'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
to stuff one's cheeks; to fill one's mouth (with food)
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