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Most useful words for each reading of every Jōyō kanji

Kanji Usefulness Level 3 1-100 Level-Appropriate Vocab

This collection contains 176 words.
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combination; union; amalgamation; consolidation; merger; coalition; fusion; annexation; affiliation; incorporation
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adverb, noun
1. circumstances; condition; convenience
2. to arrange; to manage
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'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to come together; to merge; to unite; to meet
2. to fit; to match; to suit; to agree with; to be correct
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun
case; situation
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi), 'no' adjective
all; entire; whole; altogether
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they (usually male); them
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noun
subject; contents; matter; substance; detail; import
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inside; interior; inner part  (opposite: 外側)
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun
fact; truth; reality
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1. practicality; practical
2. reality; actuality; actual conditions
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1. truth; reality; actuality; fact
2. proper; right; correct; official
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noun
1. hit
2. success
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war
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battle; fight; struggle; conflict
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1. woman; female
2. feminine gender  (linguistics terminology; this meaning is restricted to reading じょせい)
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1. opposition; resistance; antagonism; hostility; objection; dissension
2. reverse; opposite; vice versa; contrast
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1. relation; relationship; connection
2. participation; involvement; concern
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emotion; feeling; feelings; sentiment
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
to decide; to establish; to determine
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plans; arrangement; schedule; program; programme; expectation; estimate
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noun
politics; government
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1. news coverage; collecting data (e.g. for an article); covering (something for media)
2. interview  (see also: 取材相手)
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'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to take; to pick up; to harvest; to earn; to win; to choose
2. to steal  (see also: 盗る)
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transactions; dealings; business
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neighbourhood; neighborhood
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
now; current; present; present time; as of
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to represent; to signify; to stand for  (esp. 表す, 表わす)
2. to reveal; to show; to display  (esp. 現す, 現わす)
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1. last; end; conclusion; latest; most recent
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2. no sooner than; right after (often having negative consequences)  (after -tara form or -ta form followed by "ga")
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most; extremely
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make-up; makeup; cosmetics
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noun
1. citizen; citizenry; public
2. city inhabitant; townspeople
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noun
1. sumo wrestling  (sumo term)
2. wrestler; rikishi  (see also: 相撲取り; sumo term; abbreviation)
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consultation; discussion
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Prime Minister; Chancellor (Germany, Austria, etc.); Premier
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noun
1. companion; partner; company
2. other party; addressee
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constitution
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1. really; truly; entirely; completely; wholly; perfectly
2. indeed
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1. everything; all; the whole  (often written with kana only)
2. entirely; completely; wholly; all  (often written with kana only)
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noun
1. information; news; intelligence; advices
2. information; data contained in characters, signals, code, etc.
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noun
1. direction; orientation; bearing; way
2. course (e.g. of action)
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noun
1. opposite side; other side; opposite direction
2. over there; that way; far away; beyond
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equality; impartiality; evenness
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1. average; mean
2. balance; equilibrium
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growth; grow to adulthood
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'tsu' godan verb, intransitive verb, transitive verb
1. to consist of; to be made up of; to be composed of
2. to be practical (logical, feasible, viable); to be concluded; to hold true
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economics; business; finance; economy
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ichidan verb, intransitive verb
1. to pass; to elapse; to go by
2. to pass through; to go through
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'tsu' godan verb, intransitive verb
to pass; to lapse
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reliance; trust; faith; confidence
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scene; setting (e.g. of novel); situation
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1. interesting; fascinating; intriguing; enthralling
2. amusing; funny; comical
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1. to contact; to get in touch  (see also: ご連絡)
noun
2. contacting; getting in touch; communication; call; message  (see also: ご連絡)
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cause; origin; source
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smiling face; smile
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noun
chance; opportunity
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in succession; one by one
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
next time (occasion)
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun
1. dependent upon
2. as soon as; immediately (upon)  (often after the -masu stem of a verb)
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'gu' godan verb, intransitive verb
to rank next to; to come after
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noun
number; amount
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noun
numeral; figure; digit; numeric character  (mathematics)
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noun
1. the number of people
2. many people; a large number of people
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
to count; to enumerate
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noun
beautiful woman
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beautiful; lovely
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
now; this time; lately
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to turn; to rotate; to gyrate
2. to circulate; to send around
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to represent; to signify; to stand for  (esp. 表す, 表わす)
2. to reveal; to show; to display  (esp. 現す, 現わす)
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representative; representation; delegation; type; example; model
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announcement; publication; presenting; statement; communique; making known; breaking (news story); expressing (one's opinion); releasing; unveiling
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noun
1. surface  (opposite: )
2. face (i.e. the visible side of an object)
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noun
voice
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noun
telegram
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1. necessary; needed; essential; indispensable  (必用 can imply has to be used rather than is just needed)
noun
2. necessity; need; requirement
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
to need; to want  (often written with kana only)
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1. very; greatly
2. immense; enormous; great
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to change; to be transformed; to be altered; to vary
2. to move to
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noun
mind; soul; heart; spirit; intention
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noun
God
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1. to write down; to note; to jot down  (see also: 記する)
2. to remember  (usu. as 心に記す, etc.)
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peace; harmony
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'su' godan verb, intransitive verb
to move (house); to change residence
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retire
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noun, suffix, 'no' adjective
discount; reduction; rebate; (after a number) tenths discounted; tenths reduced
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to be cured; to get well; to be healed  (esp. 治る)
2. to get mended; to be repaired; to be fixed  (esp. 直る)
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medical treatment; cure
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decision; determination
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to decide; to choose; to determine; to make up one's mind; to resolve; to set one's heart on; to settle; to arrange; to set; to appoint; to fix
2. to clinch (a victory); to decide (the outcome of a match)
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settlement; solution; resolution
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noun
sun; solar
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1. fat; thick
2. deep (of a voice)
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noun
1. hope; promise; possibility; chance; probability; likelihood
2. expectation; anticipation; forecast; estimate
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taking an examination (esp. school and university entrance)
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to receive; to get
2. to catch (e.g. a ball)
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noun
1. (town) market
2. (the) marketplace
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun
one's last moment; one's time of death
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noun
period; term; interval
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identical; equal to; same (kind); like; similarity
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vigor; vigour; active; lively
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living; life (one's daily existence); livelihood
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noun
head; lead; vanguard; first
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1. to cross (legs or arms); to link (arms)
2. to put together; to construct; to assemble; to produce (e.g. TV program)
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1. organization; organisation
2. structure; construction
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noun
association; union; guild
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noun
program (e.g. TV); programme
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noun
finger; toe; digit
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1. leadership; guidance; coaching
2. shido (disciplinary action for a minor infringement of the rules of judo)
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to aim at; to have an eye on
2. to go toward; to head for
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persuasion
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speech; address
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noun
leaf
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1. (cultural) exchange; interchange; interaction; (inter-) mingling; (social, etc.) networking; intercourse
2. alternating current; AC
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noun
1. stream; current; flow
2. course of events
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1. nature; spontaneity  (opposite: 人工)
2. natural airhead  (see also: 天然ボケ; abbreviation; colloquialism)
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'no' adjective, adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
beginning; outset; first; onset
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noun, noun (suffix)
1. investigation; inspection; examination
2. tune; note; melody
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investigation; examination; inquiry; enquiry; survey
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'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to laugh
2. to smile
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meeting; conference; session; assembly; council; convention; congress
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to cure; to heal  (usu. 治す)
2. to fix; to correct; to repair  (usu. 直す)
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'na' adjective, adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), 'no' adjective
direct; immediate; personal; firsthand  (see also: 間接)
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noun
diameter
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1. honesty; integrity; frankness
2. honestly; frankly
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at once; immediately; directly; in person; automatically
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noun
1. wife; Mrs; madam  (honorific; this meaning is restricted to reading ふじん, はしかし)
2. wife of a nobleman (aristocrat, etc.)  (archaic; this meaning is restricted to reading ふじん)
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noun
1. married couple; spouses; husband and wife; couple; pair
noun (prefix)
2. his and hers; pair of objects, one larger (for man), one smaller (for woman)  (see also: 夫婦茶碗; this meaning is restricted to reading めおと)
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1. safe; all right; alright; OK; okay; sure
2. certainly; surely; undoubtedly
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noun
husband  (see also: 良人)
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'bu' godan verb, transitive verb
to choose; to select
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noun
right; privilege
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'ku' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to be effective; to show effect  (see also: 薬が効く)
2. to do its work; to carry out its function well  (see also: 目が利く)
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use; utilization; utilisation; application
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system; institution; organization; organisation
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serial; consecutive; continuity; occurring in succession; continuing
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procedure; (legal) process; formalities
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noun
1. stone
2. gem; jewel
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noun
oil; petroleum; kerosene
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entering a higher-level school, esp. going on to university
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'mu' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to advance; to go forward
2. to precede; to go ahead (of)
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tradition; convention
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
to be handed down; to be introduced; to be transmitted; to be circulated; to go along; to walk along
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noun
1. helper; assistant
2. help
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to add; to add up; to sum up; to append; to annex
2. to increase; to gather (e.g. speed); to pick up
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participation
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assistance; aid; support
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to save; to rescue
2. to help; to assist
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noun, noun (suffix)
1. spot; mark
2. point; dot
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'mu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to give birth; to bear (child); to lay (eggs)
2. to produce; to yield; to give rise to; to deliver
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1. industry
noun
2. livelihood; occupation  (archaic)
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business; office work; administration
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to work (for); to be employed (at); to serve (in)  (usu. 勤める)
2. to serve (as); to act (as); to fill (the position of); to play the role (of)  (usu. 務める)
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noun
event; affair; incident; case; plot; trouble; scandal
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noun
life; existence
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noun
life span
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noun
1. life; life force  (see also: 生命; sometimes written as 生命)
2. lifetime; lifespan
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to drop; to lose; to let fall; to shed (light); to cast (one's gaze); to pour in (liquid); to leave behind
2. to clean off (dirt, makeup, paint, etc.); to remove (e.g. stains or facial hair); to lose; to spend money at a certain place; to omit; to leave out; to secretly let escape
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noun, noun (suffix)
1. neighbourhood; neighborhood; vicinity; environs
2. approaching  (obscure term)
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'ku' godan verb, intransitive verb
to notice; to recognize; to recognise; to become aware of; to perceive; to realize; to realise
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date; dating
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1. triumph; prosperity
2. pride
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to get; to earn; to acquire; to procure; to gain; to secure; to attain; to obtain; to win  (獲る esp. refers to catching wild game, etc.)
2. to understand; to comprehend
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'mu' godan verb, transitive verb
to like; to prefer
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noun
1. shape; form; figure; posture; pose
2. appearance
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loveable; very likeable; like very much
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violation; offense; offence; breach; transgression; infringement; contravention  (see also: 違犯)
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noun, noun (suffix)
difference; discrepancy
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
to kill
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place; situation; position; location
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'ku' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to put; to place
2. to leave (behind)
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to return (something); to restore; to put back  (see also: 帰す; esp. 返す)
2. to turn over; to turn upside down; to overturn
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reply; answer; response
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argument; discussion; dispute; controversy
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noun
1. form; shape; figure  (this meaning is restricted to form 形, 容)
2. visage
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noun
doll; puppet; figure
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noun
1. form (as opposed to substance); formality  (see also: 形式張る)
2. method; system; style
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