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先 means 'ahead'

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Strokes : 6    Frequency: 104   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-3    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 3    Beginner lesson: 11   Begins 284 words   Used in 542 words   Used in 289 names   Component in 25 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   セン
Kun
   さき ahead
Kun   
Name    ぽん
  
⿱   whereupon by the ground   legs  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 先 is used 32 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 先 is used 531 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
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セン : 262 words FIND ALL
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
last month
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さき : 263 words FIND ALL
1 0
adverb, noun
before; earlier than; first; ahead; beyond; away; previously; recently
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expression
first of all; to begin with  (often written with kana only)
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(read as まず) : 1 word FIND ALL
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Most common form: 先以って
first of all; in the first place  (often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 43 (originally: 49)  Joy o' Kanji : 49  Key to Kanji: 628 

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セン   さき ahead   
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whereupon by the ground
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
legs
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