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Most useful words for each reading of every Jōyō kanji

Kanji Usefulness Level 3 301-370 Level-Appropriate Vocab

This collection contains 86 words.
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
year before last
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
yesterday
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to get angry; to get mad
'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
2. to tell someone off; to scold  (this meaning is restricted to reading おこる)
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noun
anger; rage; fury; wrath; indignation
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studying abroad (usu. at university level)
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noun
1. thanks; gratitude  (see also: お礼)
2. manners; etiquette
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queue; line; row; column; sequence; string; train
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train (ordinary)
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snow
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'u' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to pay (e.g. money, bill)
2. to brush off; to wipe away; to clear away; to dust off; to cut off (e.g. branches)
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arrest; apprehension; capture
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
to catch; to arrest; to seize
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
to forget; to leave carelessly; to be forgetful of; to forget about; to forget (an article)
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wonderful; splendid; magnificent
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noun
1. opportunity; chance; occasion; time  (esp. 折)
noun, counter
2. fold; pleat; crease  (esp. 折り)
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bone fracture
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'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to break; to fracture; to break off; to snap off; to pick (e.g. flowers)
2. to fold; to bend
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welcome; reception
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to go out to meet
2. to receive; to welcome; to greet; to salute; to hail; to reach; to approach; to enter (a phase, era, etc.)
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sad; sorrowful
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noun
1. tragedy; tragic drama; tragic play
2. tragedy; calamity; disaster
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noun
airport
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noun
harbour; harbor; port
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elimination; cancellation; deletion; erasure; DEL (key)
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cleaning; sweeping; dusting; scrubbing
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
to be troubled; to be worried; to be bothered; to be embarrassed; to be stumped
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ichidan verb, transitive verb, intransitive verb
to close (e.g. book, eyes, meeting, etc.); to shut
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'u' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to smoke; to breathe in; to inhale
2. to suck; to sip; to slurp
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absorption; suction; attraction
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noun
hair (on the head)
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sleep
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to sleep (not necessarily lying down)  (see also: 寝る)
2. to die
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easy; simple; plain
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trade (foreign)
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noun
window
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ancestor
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commuting to work
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'no' adjective, adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
olden days; former
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noun
1. mail service; postal service; mail; post
2. mail; postal matter; postal items  (see also: 郵便物; abbreviation)
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convenient; handy; useful
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applying (e.g. a technology); adoption
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'ku' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to blow (of the wind)​
'ku' godan verb, transitive verb
2. to blow (one's breath); to breathe out; to blow on (hot tea, candles, etc.); to puff​
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noun
climate
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1. scary; frightening; eerie; dreadful
interjection (kandoushi)
2. (I'm) afraid
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noun
1. dictionary; lexicon
2. letter of resignation  (see also: 辞表; archaic)
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1. negation; denial; repudiation; disavowal
2. NOT operation  (computer terminology)
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interjection (kandoushi)
1. no; nay  (often written with kana only)
2. well; er; why  (often written with kana only)
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1. slow  (this meaning is restricted to form 遅い, 鈍い)
2. late (e.g. "late at night")
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noun
delay; lag; postponement; falling behind
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noun
smoke; fumes
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1. abstaining from smoking; quitting smoking  (see also: 喫煙)
expression
2. No Smoking!; Smoking Prohibited!  (on a sign)
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pupil
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noun
1. fault; defect; flaw; weak point; weakness; shortcoming; drawback  (opposite: 美点)
2. failure (in an examination); failing grade
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trouble; bother; annoyance  (see also: ご迷惑)
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washing; laundry
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'u' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to wash
2. to investigate
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mutual; reciprocal
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noun
mutual; reciprocal
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noun
talent; ability
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change; modification; alteration; revision; amendment
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noun
tooth
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dentistry
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'mu' godan verb, transitive verb
to steal
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1. habit
2. custom; cultural practice
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ichidan verb, intransitive verb
1. to get used to; to grow accustomed to; to become familiar with  (esp. 慣れる)
2. to become skilled in; to become experienced at  (esp. 慣れる)
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
1. evening
2. counter for nights
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noun
1. box; case; chest; package; pack
2. car (of a train, etc.)
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top; summit; peak
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noun
all; everyone; everybody  (honorific)
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invitation
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1. cold (e.g. weather)  (opposite: 暑い)
2. uninteresting (esp. joke); lame; dull; weak; corny  (see also: お寒い)
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1. shy; ashamed; embarrassed  (see also: 気恥ずかしい, 小っ恥ずかしい)
2. disgraceful; shameful
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noun
tiredness; fatigue
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1. poor; needy
2. lacking (quantity and quality-wise); poor; scanty; skimpy; slight; inadequate
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noun
1. cat
2. shamisen
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misunderstanding
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noun
error; mistake; slip; bug
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
to endeavor (endeavour); to try; to strive; to make an effort; to exert oneself; to be diligent; to be committed (to doing something)
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approval; agreement; support; favour; favor
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'na' adjective, 'no' adjective, adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun
(by) chance; unexpectedly; suddenly; accident; fortuity; by coincidence
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busy; hectic; occupied; engaged
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'gu' godan verb, intransitive verb
to swim
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noun
shoes; boots; footwear; footgear
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1. great; excellent; admirable; remarkable; distinguished; important; celebrated; famous; eminent
2. awful; terrible  (often written with kana only)
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greatness
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