先 means 'ahead'

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Strokes : 6    Frequency: 104   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 3    Beginner lesson: 11   Begins 283 words   Used in 542 words   Used in 289 names   Component in 5 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   さき ahead
Name    ぽん
⿱   whereupon by the ground   legs  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 先 is used 33 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 先 is used 530 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
セン : 262 words FIND ALL
1. teacher; master; doctor  (honorific)
2. with names of teachers, etc. as an honorific  (honorific)
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さき : 262 words FIND ALL
adverb, noun
before; earlier than; first; ahead; beyond; away; previously; recently
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: 5 words FIND ALL
1. first (of all); to start with; about; almost; anyway; well; now  (often written with kana only)
2. hardly (with neg. verb)
(read as まず) : 1 word FIND ALL
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   
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