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早 means 'early' or 'fast'

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Strokes : 6    Frequency: 347   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-6    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 12    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 138 words   Used in 193 words   Used in 1495 names   Component in 77 kanji (12 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   ソウ   サッ
Kun
   はや early   はやまる be hasty   はやめる to expedite, to hasten
Kun    はや   はや-   さ-
Name    さか   さわ   そ   わ
⿱   sun; day   ten  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 早 is used 12 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 早 is used 184 times, read 4 ways (with 2 variations).
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ソウ : 52 words FIND ALL
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
early morning
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サッ : 1 word FIND ALL
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at once; immediately; without delay; promptly
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はや : 110 words FIND ALL
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1. fast; quick; hasty; brisk  (esp. 速い, 疾い, 捷い)
2. early (in the day, etc.); premature  (esp. 早い)
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はや (read as ばや) : 11 words FIND ALL
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1. fast; quick; prompt; nimble; agile
2. quick (to understand); sharp (judgement)
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さ- (read as さ) : 7 words FIND ALL
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noun
young female rice planter; young girl
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わ: 3 words. FIND ALL
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noun
field of early-blooming (or ripening) rice
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An additional はや.まる less common words include 早 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 56 (originally: 50)  Joy o' Kanji : 50  Key to Kanji: 657 

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ソウ   サッ   early; fast   はや early   はやまる be hasty   はやめる to expedite, to hasten   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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