惜 means 'regret'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1590   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-26    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 15 words   Used in 43 words   Used in 1 name   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   しい regrettable, precious, wasteful   しむ to regret, value; to be frugal
⿰   () heart   ancient; old  
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 bear a grudge  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 惜 is used 6 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 惜 is used 37 times, read 2 ways.
セキ : 8 words FIND ALL
regrettable defeat; defeat by a narrow margin
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しい : 29 words FIND ALL
'mu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to be frugal; to be sparing
2. to value; to hold dear
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セキ   おしい regrettable, precious, wasteful   おしむ to regret, value; to be frugal   
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セキ   シャク   ancient; old   むかし ancient   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
キョウ   とも together   
シン   こころ heart   
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