憂 means 'grieve'

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Strokes : 15    Frequency: 1753   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-31    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 42 words   Used in 58 words   Used in 121 names   Component in 5 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   うれえる to grieve, to be distressed   うれ sorrow    unhappy
Kun    うれ to worry   う
Upper portion exists as rare kanji (grieve)
⿻   heart   summer  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 憂 is used 9 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 憂 is used 56 times, read 5 ways.
ユウ : 29 words FIND ALL
depression; melancholy; dejection; gloom
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: 13 words FIND ALL
unhappy; sad; gloomy
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うれえる : 12 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, transitive verb
to grieve; to lament; to be anxious; to be distressed
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(read as うき) : 1 word FIND ALL
Most common form: 浮き世
1. fleeting life; this transient world; floating world
2. sad world; world of grief and worry  (esp. 憂き世)
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うれ (read as うれい) : 1 word FIND ALL
0 5
bitter experience; misery; distress; grief; sad thoughts
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An additional うれ.い less common words include 憂 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1871  Joy o' Kanji : 1871  Key to Kanji:

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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   
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