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Most useful words for each reading of every Jōyō kanji

Kanji Usefulness Level 4 101-200 Level-Appropriate Vocab

This collection contains 124 words.
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disorder; chaos; confusion; mayhem
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1. sentence; article; composition  (linguistics terminology)
2. (writing) style
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form of address used for official letters and business letters, and in letters to inferiors; Mr.  (polite (teineigo) language)
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1. cloth
2. bujian (spade-shaped bronze coin of ancient China)  (see also: 布銭; this meaning is restricted to reading ふ)
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distribution; dissemination; allocation
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1. corner (e.g. desk, pavement)
2. edge
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angle
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direction; way; compass point
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Buddhism
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decrease; reduction; decline  (opposite: 増加)
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
to decrease (in size or number); to diminish; to abate
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aggression; invasion; raid
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committee member
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1. order; command; decree; directive
2. (software) instruction; statement  (computer terminology)
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evening paper
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shochu; Japanese spirit distilled from sweet potatoes, rice, etc.
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'ku' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to burn
2. to roast; to broil; to grill; to bake; to toast; to barbecue
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compression; condensation; constriction; compaction
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1. pressure; stress  (physics terminology)
2. coercion; arm-twisting
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amount of money
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impression
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1. mark; sign  (esp. 印, 標)
2. symbol; emblem  (also written as 徴)
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pond
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battery; cell
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cabinet minister
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storehouse; warehouse; godown
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agriculture
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1. board; plank
2. sheet (of metal); plate (of glass); pane; slab
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1. signboard; sign; billboard; hoarding; doorplate
2. draw; attraction; feature; highlight; spokesman; figurehead
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noun
1. iron plate
2. sure thing  (slang)
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love; love-making; passion; emotion; affections
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(romantic) love
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counter for birds and rabbits
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1. wholly; solely; entirely; exclusively; devotedly; fixedly  (often written with kana only)
2. principally; mostly; chiefly; mainly  (often written with kana only)
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major subject; special study
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reverse; inversion; upside down  (see also: 逆様)
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1. reverse; opposite
2. converse (of a hypothesis, etc.)
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1. arm
2. skill; efforts; ability
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short-term  (opposite: 長期)
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noun
1. rock; boulder
2. crag; cliff
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1. bamboo
2. middle (of a three-tier ranking system)
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children; juvenile
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blanket
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1. hair
2. fur; wool
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noun, noun (suffix)
1. edition; version; printing; impression; implementation (e.g. software)  (ばん when a suffix)
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2. plate; block; cast
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publication
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universe; cosmos; space
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coast; beach
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bank; coast; shore
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excess; being more than
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to cross over; to cross; to pass through; to pass over (out of)  (esp. 越える)
2. to exceed  (esp. 超える)
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1. abundant; wealthy; plentiful; rich; affluent
2. very; extremely; full of; great  (see also: 個性豊か)
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'mu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to contain; to comprise; to have; to hold; to include; to embrace
2. to hold in the mouth  (see also: 口に含む)
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to plant; to grow; to raise
2. to insert; to transplant; to implant; to set (type)
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plant; vegetation
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garden shrubs; trees; potted plant
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1. candidate; contender; prospect; pick; choice; list
2. candidacy; candidature; nomination
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ichidan verb, intransitive verb
to act violently; to rage; to struggle; to be riotous
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violence; mayhem
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noun
1. subject; theme; issue; matter
2. homework; assignment
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historic ruins (remains, relics); archeological site
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1. trace; tracks; mark; sign
2. site; remains; ruins
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touch; contact
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'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
to touch; to feel  (often now with を)
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ichidan verb, intransitive verb
1. to touch; to feel
2. to experience; to come in contact with; to be emotionally moved (by); to perceive
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numeric
10^8; 100,000,000; hundred million
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shoulder
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theatre; theater; playhouse
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stimulus; impetus; incentive; encouragement; motivation; provocation; excitement; thrill
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to pierce; to stab; to prick; to stick; to thrust
2. to sting; to bite  (see also: 螫す)
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description; descriptor
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
to state; to express; to mention
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noun
(car) wheel
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(finger) ring
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1. shallow; superficial  (opposite: 深い)
2. slight (wound); light (sleep); pale (colour); inadequate (knowledge)
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simplicity; simple; uncomplicated  (opposite: 複雑)
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2. pale; light
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Kyoto-Osaka
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to harden; to freeze; to strengthen; to solidify; to make (a fist); to tramp down (snow, dirt)  (see also: 土を固める)
2. to put together; to collect; to gather; to consolidate
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1. fixation; fixing (e.g. salary, capital)
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2. fixed handle  (see also: 固定ハンドル; slang; abbreviation)
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huge; gigantic; enormous
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lecturer
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1. general; universal
2. ordinary; average; common  (opposite: 特殊)
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1. hot water  (see also: )
2. hot bath; hot spring
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to throw away; to cast away; to dump; to discard
2. to abandon; to desert; to leave
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change; money exchange
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1. money order; draft
2. exchange (e.g. foreign)
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1. centre; center; middle; heart
2. metropolis; capital city; central government  (opposite: 地方)
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1. bone
2. frame
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age; years
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to shine on; to illuminate
2. to compare (with); to refer to
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reference; bibliographical reference; consultation; browsing (e.g. when selecting a file to upload on a computer); checking out
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1. much more; still more; all the more; more than ever
2. single layer (or storey, etc.)
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weak point; weakness; shortcoming; defect; flaw; sore spot; tender spot  (see also: 短所)
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weak; frail; delicate; tender; unskilled; weak (wine)
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construction; architecture (of buildings)
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1. head; leader; leading spirit  (esp. 首脳)
2. important part  (esp. 主脳; archaic)
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aviation; flying
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pleasant; agreeable; comfortable
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noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
following year
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writing brush
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pencil
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writer (often in self-reference); author
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exchange; interchange; switching; reciprocity; barter; substitution; replacement; clearing (of checks, cheques)
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group; crowd; flock; herd; bevy; school; swarm; cluster (e.g. of stars); clump; pack (e.g. of dogs)
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explosion; detonation; eruption
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to search (for something desired, needed); to look for  (esp. 探す)
2. to search (for something lost); to seek (a suspect in a crime)  (esp. 捜す)
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search (esp. in criminal investigations); investigation; inquiry; enquiry
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oil  (see also: )
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'bu' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to shout; to cry; to scream; to shriek; to yell; to exclaim
2. to clamor (for or against); to clamour (for or against)
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to grow long (e.g. hair, nails)  (esp. 伸ばす)
2. to lengthen; to extend; to stretch
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recognition; acknowledgement; acknowledgment; approval; consent; agreement
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cloud
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'mu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to wrap up; to tuck in; to pack; to do up; to cover with; to dress in
2. to conceal; to hide; to be engulfed in; to be enveloped by  (this meaning is restricted to reading つつむ)
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packing; wrapping
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parcel; package
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measurement
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'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to measure; to weigh; to survey; to time (sound, gauge, estimate)
2. to conjecture; to infer; to surmise
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1. monopoly; monopolization
2. hogging; keeping to oneself
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to occupy; to hold
2. to account for; to make up; to take up
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'mu' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to be crowded; to be packed
2. to be complex  (see also: 手の込んだ)
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
to mix; to stir; to blend
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1. twice; double
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2. times; -fold
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