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優 means 'excel'

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Strokes : 17    Frequency: 437   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-11    Grade: 6   Intermediate lesson: 24    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 110 words   Used in 183 words   Used in 1270 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
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   ユウ
Kun
   すぐれる to excel   やさしい kind
On   
Kun    まさ
Name    ゆ   よし
⿰   () man   grieve  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 優 is used 12 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 優 is used 181 times, read 5 ways (with 1 variation).
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ユウ : 154 words FIND ALL
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overall victory; championship
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ウ : 3 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. udumbara (mythical Indian plant often identified with the cluster fig, Ficus glomerata)
2. something very rare (from the legend that it flowers once in 3000 years)
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やさしい : 14 words FIND ALL
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tender; kind; gentle; graceful; affectionate; amiable
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すぐれる : 5 words FIND ALL
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ichidan verb, intransitive verb
to surpass; to outstrip; to excel
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まさ : 4 words FIND ALL
compare favourably; compare favorably
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ゆ: 1 word. FIND ALL
noun
cell loss priority  (computer terminology)
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Henshall: 995 (originally: 984)  Joy o' Kanji : 984  Key to Kanji: 1022 

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ユウ   すぐれる to excel   やさしい kind   
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ユウ   うれえる to grieve, to be distressed   うれ sorrow   う unhappy   
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シン   こころ heart   
カ   ゲ   なつ summer   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジ   シ   みずか self   
go
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ジン   ニン   ひと man   
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