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約 means 'promise'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 297   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-7    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 21    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 30 words   Used in 335 words   Used in 8 names   Component in 2 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   ヤク
Kun    つづまる to shrink   つづめる   つづまやか concise, brief
⿰   thread   ladle  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 約 is used 12 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 約 is used 324 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
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ヤク : 320 words FIND ALL
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1. promise; agreement; arrangement; one's word; contract; pact; appointment; engagement; date
2. convention; rule
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ヤク (read as やっ) : 1 word FIND ALL
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noun
agreement; stipulation; article; clause
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つづまる : 2 words FIND ALL
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ichidan verb, transitive verb
to abridge; to shorten; to economize
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つづまやか : 1 word FIND ALL
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1. concise; brief
2. humble; frugal
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Henshall: 621 (originally: 591)  Joy o' Kanji : 591  Key to Kanji: 1017 

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ヤク    promise; approximate   
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シャク   ladle
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wrap
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シ   いと thread   
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