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Jul 18, 2024
N5
テープ
N4
みつかる
Definition
to be found, to be discovered
N3
ちのう
Definition
intelligence, intellect, brains
N2
ちゅうじゅん
Definition
middle of a month, second third of a month, 11th to 20th day of a month
N1
こくぼう
Definition
national defence, national defense

Daily Word History

July 17

N5

強い

こわい
tough; stiff; hard; inflexible; obstinate; stubborn
N4

suf
lake (in place names)
N3

知識

智識
ちしき
knowledge; information
N2

茶わん

茶碗
ちゃわん
rice bowl; tea cup; teacup
N1

国土

こくど、くにつち
country; territory; domain; realm

July 16

N5

冷たい

つめたい、つべたい
cold (to the touch); chilly; icy; freezing; coldhearted; unfeeling
N4

見える

v1
vi
まみえる
to have an audience; to meet; to see; to face (an enemy); to confront; to serve (esp. as one's wife)
N3

知事

ちじ
prefectural governor
N2

着々

着着
ちゃくちゃく
steadily
N1

国定

こくてい
state-sponsored; national

July 15

N5

詰らない

詰まらない
つまらない
dull; uninteresting; boring; tedious; insignificant; unimportant; trifling; trivial; worthless; absurd; foolish; silly; stupid; useless; pointless; disappointing
N4

真ん中

真中、まん中
まんなか、まなか
middle; centre; center; mid-way
N3

遅刻

ちこく
lateness; late coming
N2

茶色い

ちゃいろい
light brown; tawny
N1

国産

こくさん
domestic; domestically-produced; produced within a country

July 14

N5

勤める

務める
v1
vt
つとめる
to work (for); to be employed (at); to serve (in); to serve (as); to act (as); to fill (the position of); to play the role (of); to conduct a religious service
N4

漫画

まんが、マンガ
cartoon; comic; comic strip
N3

地区

ちく
district; section; sector
N2

地名

ちめい
place name
N1

小切手

こぎって
cheque; check

July 13

N5

告げる

v1
vt
つげる
to tell; to inform; to announce; to indicate; to signal; to mark
N4

回る

廻る
まわる
to turn; to revolve; to visit several places; to function well; to pass a certain time
N3

地球

ちきゅう
the earth; the globe
N2

地点

ちてん
site; point on a map; spot
N1

小柄

こづか
knife attached to the sheath of a sword

July 12

N5

作る

造る、創る
つくる
to make; to produce; to manufacture; to build; to construct; to prepare (food); to brew (alcohol); to raise; to grow; to cultivate; to train; to till; to draw up (a document); to make out; to prepare; to write; to create (an artistic work, etc.); to compose; to coin (a phrase); to organize; to organise; to establish; to found; to have (a child); to make up (one's face, etc.); to fabricate (an excuse, etc.); to form (a line, etc.); to set (a record); to commit (a sin, etc.)
N4

周り

まわり
circumference; girth; surroundings; neighbourhood; neighborhood; vicinity
N3

近頃

近ごろ
ちかごろ
lately; recently; nowadays
N2

チップ

チップ
gratuity; tip; chip
N1

公立

こうりつ
public (institution)

July 11

N5

つくえ、つき
desk
N4

間に合う

間にあう
v5u
まにあう
to be in time for; to serve (suit, meet) the purpose; to be good enough; to be enough
N3

違いない

違い無い
ちがいない
(phrase) sure; no mistaking it; for certain
N2

縮れる

v1
vi
ちぢれる
to be wavy; to be curled
N1

効率

こうりつ
efficiency; efficacy; performance; utility factor

July 10

N5

着く

つく
to arrive at; to reach; to sit on; to sit at (e.g. the table)
N4

間違える

v1
vt
まちがえる
to make a mistake (in); to commit an error (e.g. in calculation); to confuse; to mistake something for something else
N3

違い

ちがい
difference; discrepancy
N2

縮める

v1
vt
ちぢめる
to shorten; to reduce; to boil down; to shrink
N1

小売

小売り
こうり
retail

July 09

N5

next; hypo- (i.e. containing an element with low valence); order; sequence; time; times
N4

又は

または
or; otherwise
N3

地下

ちか
basement; cellar; underground place; underground; below ground; secret; under cover; underground (railway); subway; metro
N2

縮む

ちぢむ、ちじむ
to shrink; to contract; to diminish (in size)
N1

公用

こうよう
government business; official business; public; official; governmental

July 08

N5

疲れる

v1
vi
つかれる
to get tired; to tire; to be worn out (e.g. of well used objects); to starve
N4

負ける

敗ける、敗北る
v1
vi
vt
まける
to lose; to be defeated; to succumb; to give in; to surrender; to yield; to be inferior to; to break out in a rash due to (e.g. lacquer, shaving, etc.); to reduce the price; to lower the price; to give a discount on
N3

知恵

智恵、智慧
ちえ
wisdom; wit; sagacity; sense; intelligence; prajna (insight leading to enlightenment)
N2

地帯

ちたい
area; zone; belt (of land)
N1

巧妙

こうみょう
ingenious; skillful; clever; deft

July 07

N5

使う

遣う
つかう
to use (a thing, method, etc.); to make use of; to put to use; to use (a person, animal, puppet, etc.); to employ; to handle; to manage; to manipulate; to use (time, money, etc.); to spend; to consume; to use (language); to speak
N4

参る

詣る
まいる
to go; to come; to call; to be defeated; to collapse; to die; to be annoyed; to be nonplussed; to be madly in love; to visit (shrine, grave)
N3

地域

ちいき
area; region
N2

知人

ちじん
friend; acquaintance
N1

公募

こうぼ
public appeal (e.g. for contributions); public offering (of securities); public advertisement (of a post); open recruitment

July 06

N5

一日

1日
いちにち、いちじつ、ひとひ、ひとえ
one day; first day of the month
N4

翻訳

飜訳
ほんやく
translation; de-encryption; deciphering; rendering
N3

地位

ちい
(social) position; status
N2

地質

ちしつ
geological features
N1

興奮

昂奮、亢奮
こうふん
excitement; stimulation; agitation; arousal

July 05

N5

一寸

鳥渡
ちょっと、ちょと、チョット、ちょいと、チョッと
just a minute; short time; just a little; somewhat; easily; readily; rather; (will not) easily; hey!
N4

褒める

誉める、賞める、称める
v1
vt
ほめる
to praise; to admire; to speak well
N3

ground; land; earth; soil; the region in question; the local area; skin; texture; fabric; material; weave; base; background; one's true nature; narrative (i.e. descriptive part of a story); real life; actuality; (in the game of go) captured territory; noh chorus; (in Japanese dance) accompaniment music; (in Japanese music) basic phrase (usu. repetitive); base part (of multiple shamisens)
N2

チキる

v5r
チキる
to get scared; to chicken out
N1

降伏

降服
こうふく
capitulation; surrender; submission

July 04

N5

丁と

adv
ちょうと
with a clang; with a bang; with a crash
N4

殆ど

殆んど、幾ど
ほとんど
mostly; nearly; practically; well-nigh; almost invariably; all but; just about; almost
N3

単に

adv
たんに
simply; merely; only; solely
N2

力強い

ちからづよい
powerful; strong; forceful; vigorous; reassuring; encouraging
N1

交付

こうふ
delivering; handing over; furnishing (e.g. with copies); issuance; issuing

July 03

N5

茶わん

茶碗
ちゃわん
rice bowl; tea cup; teacup
N4
せい
Chinese "star" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); Singapore
N3

単なる

たんなる
mere; simple; sheer
N2

近寄る

近よる
ちかよる
to approach; to draw near
N1

好評

こうひょう
popularity; favorable reputation; favourable reputation

July 02

N5

茶色

ちゃ色、茶いろ
ちゃいろ
light brown; tawny
N4

奴、僕
やつこ、つぶね、やつこらま
slave; retainer; servant; captive; varlet; I; me
N3

担当

たんとう
being in charge (of an area of responsibility); being responsible (for a work role, etc.)
N2

近づける

近付ける
v1
vt
ちかづける
to bring near; to put close; to let come near; to associate with
N1

購買

校売
こうばい
procurement; purchase; buying; school store; co-op; school canteen; tuck shop

July 01

N5

地図

ちず
map
N4

法律

ほうりつ
law
N3

団体

だんたい
organization; organisation; association
N2

近々

近近、近ぢか
ちかぢか、きんきん
soon; nearness; before long
N1

荒廃

こうはい
ruin; destruction; devastation; waste; decay

June 30

N5

地下鉄

ちかてつ
underground train; subway
N4

貿易

ぼうえき
trade (foreign)
N3

誕生

たんじょう
birth; creation; formation
N2

地下水

ちかすい
underground water
N1

光熱費

こうねつひ
cost of fuel and lighting; cost of heat and electricity; energy bill; utility cost

June 29

N5

近く

ちかく
near; neighbourhood; neighborhood; vicinity; nearly (i.e. "it took nearly one year"); close to; shortly; soon
N4

返事

返辞
へんじ
reply; answer; response
N3

単純

たんじゅん
simplicity; simple; uncomplicated
N2

誓う

盟う
ちかう
to swear; to vow; to take an oath; to pledge
N1

公認

こうにん
official recognition; authorization; authorisation; licence; license; accreditation

June 28

N5

違う

たがう
to differ; to be different; to run counter to; to change (into something out of the ordinary)
N4

へん
strange; odd; peculiar; weird; curious; queer; eccentric; funny; suspicious; fishy; unexpected; change; incident; disturbance; disaster; accident; flat
N3

男子

だんし
youth; young man
N2

短編

短篇
たんぺん
short (e.g. story, film)
N1

購入

こうにゅう
purchase; buy