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Nov 18, 2019
N5
ひろい
Definition
spacious, vast, wide
N4
いなか
Definition
rural area, countryside, the sticks, hometown
N3
とばす
Definition
to fly, to fire, to hurl, to launch, to make fly, to skip over, to omit, to drop (e.g. stitch), to run or drive fast, to gallop, to spread a rumour (rumor), to tell a story, to tell a joke, to remove, to get rid of, to transfer, to attack, to jeer at...
N2
とうめい
Definition
transparency, cleanness
N1
むち、ぶち、ムチ
Definition
whip, lash, scourge, stick, cane, rod, pointer

Daily Word History

November 17

N5

午、晝
ひる
noon; midday; daytime; lunch
N4

いと
thread; yarn; string
N3

届く

とどく
to reach; to arrive; to get through; to get at; to be attentive; to pay attention; to be delivered; to carry (e.g. sound)
N2

当番

とうばん
being on duty
N1

詐欺

さぎ
fraud; swindle; graft; cheating; trick; scam

November 16

N5

病気

びょうき
illness; disease; sickness
N4

一敗

いっぱい
one defeat
N3

突然

とつぜん
abrupt; sudden; unexpected; all at once
N2

盗難

とうなん
theft; robbery
N1

先に

adv
せんに
formerly

November 15

N5

病院

びょういん
hospital
N4

一生懸命

一生けん命
いっしょうけんめい
very hard; with utmost effort; with all one's might; for dear life
N3

土地

とち、どおじ、どじ、どち
plot of land; lot; soil; locality; region; place
N2

灯台

燈台
とうだい
lighthouse; old-fashioned interior light fixture comprising a wooden pole with an oil-filled dish and a wick atop it
N1

一昨昨日

一昨々日
いっさくさくじつ、さきおとつい、さきおととい
two days before yesterday; three days back (ago)

November 14

N5

陌、佰
num
ひゃく、もも、はく
100; hundred
N4

一度

ひと度、一たび、一とたび
いちど、ひとたび
once; one time; on one occasion; temporarily; for a moment; one degree; one tone; one musical interval
N3

途端

とたん
just (now, at the moment, etc.)
N2

どうぞ宜しく

exp
どうぞよろしく
pleased to meet you
N1

下がる

下る
さがる
to come down; to go down; to fall; to drop; to sink; to get lower; to hang; to dangle; to move back; to step back; to withdraw; to retire; to deteriorate; to fall off; to be downgraded; to get closer to the present day; to go south

November 13

N5

閑、遑
ひま、いとま、ヒマ
spare time; free time; leisure; time (e.g. time it takes to do something); time off; day off; vacation; holiday; leave; quitting (one's job); firing someone; divorcing (one's spouse); (of one's time) free; (of one's business) slow; leaving; departing
N4

致す

いたす
to do
N3

閉じる

v1
とじる
to close (e.g. book, eyes, meeting, etc.); to shut
N2

どうせ

adv
どうせ
anyhow; in any case; at any rate; after all; at all; no matter what; at best; at most
N1

差額

さがく
balance; difference; margin

November 12

N5

一人

独り、1人
ひとり、いちにん
one person; alone; unmarried; solitary
N4

急ぐ

いそぐ
to hurry; to rush; to hasten; to make something happen sooner
N3

年寄り

年寄、年より
としより
old people; the aged; trustee of the Japan Sumo Association; retired high-ranking wrestler who is licensed to coach and receives retirement pay; senior statesman (of the Tokugawa shogunate); important local official (under the Tokugawa Shogunate)
N2

登場

とうじょう
entry (on stage); appearance (on screen); entrance; introduction (into a market)
N1

盛る

さかる
to prosper; to flourish; to copulate (animals)

November 11

N5

一月

1月
いちがつ
January
N4

以上

已上
いじょう
not less than; ... and more; ... and upwards; beyond ... (e.g. one's means); further (e.g. nothing further to say); more than ... (e.g. cannot pay more than that); above-mentioned; foregoing; since ...; seeing that ...; this is all; that is the end; the end
N3

図書

としょ
books
N2

投書

とうしょ
letter to the editor; letter from a reader; contribution
N1

遡る

溯る、逆上る、泝る
さかのぼる
to go upstream; to go back (in time, to origin); to date back to; to trace back to; to make retroactive

November 10

N5

一つ

1つ、一
ひとつ
one; for one thing; only; (not) even; just (e.g. "just try it")
N4

苛める

虐める
v1
vt
いじめる
to tease; to torment; to persecute; to chastise
N3

年月

としつき、ねんげつ
months and years
N2

当日

とうじつ
appointed day; very day
N1

逆立ち

さかだち
handstand; headstand

November 09

N5
N4

こく
measure of volume (approx. 180.39 liters, 6.37 cub. ft.); measure of a Japanese-style boat's loading capacity (approx. 278.26 liters)
N3

都市

とし
town; city; municipal; urban
N2

東西

とうざい、ひがしにし
east and west; Orient and Occident; East and West; Ladies and Gentlemen!; Your attention, please!; roll-up, roll-up
N1

はい、はた
sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages; counter for cupfuls; counter for ships, octopuses and squid

November 08

N5

ひだり
left; left hand side
N4

意見

いけん
opinion; view; comment
N3

登山

とざん
mountain climbing
N2

動作

どうさ
action; movements; motions; bearing; behaviour; behavior; execution; actuation; operation; manners
N1

映える

栄える
v1
vi
はえる
to shine; to look attractive; to look pretty

November 07

N5

飛行機

ひこうき
aeroplane; airplane; aircraft
N4

生きる

活きる
v1
vi
いきる
to live; to exist; to make a living; to subsist; to be in effect; to be in use; to function; to come to life; to be enlivened; to be safe (in baseball, go, etc.)
N3

所で

ところで
by the way; incidentally; even if; no matter (who, what, when, where, why, how)
N2

統計

とうけい
statistics
N1

竿

かん
counter for poles, rods, etc.

November 06

N5

低い

ひくい
low (rank, degree, value, content, quality, etc.); low (position); close to the ground; short (height); deep (voice); in a low key; low (volume)
N4

医学

いがく
medical science; medicine
N3

所が

ところが
even so; however; still; whereupon; even though; nevertheless; on the contrary; as a matter of fact; despite
N2

とうげ
ridge; (mountain) pass; difficult part
N1

冴える

冱える
v1
vi
さえる
to be clear (of a sight, sound, colour, etc.); to be bright; to be vivid; to be crisp; to be clear-headed; to be alert; to be on the ball; to be wide awake; to look upbeat; to be perky; to be cheerful; to master (a skill); to excel at; to cleanly execute; to be satisfying; to become frigid; to become intensely cold

November 05

N5

弾く

はじく
to flip; to snap; to flick; to repel; to use (an abacus); to calculate; to strum; to pluck the strings (of a guitar, etc.)
N4

以外

いがい
with the exception of; excepting
N3

何処か

どこか、どっか
somewhere; anywhere; in some respects
N2

同格

どうかく
the same rank; equality; apposition
N1

囀る

さえずる
to sing; to chirp; to twitter

November 04

N5

引く

曳く、牽く
ひく
to pull; to draw (attention, etc.); to attract (interest, etc.); to draw back; to draw (a card); to draw (plan, line, etc.); to catch (cold); to play (string instr.); to look up (e.g. dictionary); to consult; to haul; to pull (vehicles); to subtract; to ebb; to fade; to descend (from); to inherit (a characteristic); to quote; to raise (as evidence); to lay (a cable); to draw (a cable)
N4

以下

已下
いか、いげ
not exceeding; and downward; ... and below; below (e.g. standard); under (e.g. a level); the below-mentioned; the following; the rest
N3

解ける

v1
vi
とける
to be solved; to loosen; to come untied; to be removed (e.g. restrictions); to be cleared (e.g. misunderstandings); to be broken (e.g. spells, curses); to melt
N2

統一

とういつ
unity; consolidation; uniformity; unification; compatible
N1

遮る

さえぎる
to interrupt; to obstruct (e.g. a view, someone's way); to block (e.g. light, wind); to intercept

November 03

N5

吾妻、吾嬬
あずま、あづま
eastern Japan (esp. Kamakura or Edo, from perspective of Kyoto or Nara); eastern provinces; east; six-stringed Japanese zither; my spouse
N4

あんな

あんな
such (about something or someone distant from both speaker and listener, or about a situation unfamiliar to both speaker and listener); so; that; sort of
N3

独立

どくりつ
independence (e.g. Independence Day); self-support
N2

鉄、銀、銅
かね、かな
money; metal
N1

採用

さいよう
use; adoption; acceptance; appointment; employment; engagement; recruitment

November 02

N5

半分

はんぶん
half
N4

安全

あんぜん
safety; security
N3

独特

どくとく
peculiarity; uniqueness; characteristic
N2

問い合わせ

問合せ
といあわせ
enquiry; inquiry; ENQ; query; interrogation
N1

細胞

さいぼう、さいほう
cell

November 01

N5

晩御飯

晩ご飯
ばんごはん
dinner; evening meal
N4

安心

あんじん
obtaining peace of mind through faith or ascetic practice
N3

特徴

とくちょう
feature; trait; characteristic; peculiarity; distinction
N2

電力

でんりょく
electric power
N1

栽培

さいばい
cultivation

October 31

N5

番号

ばんごう
number; series of digits
N4

謝る

v5r
あやまる
to apologize; to apologise
N3

独身

どくしん
bachelorhood; single; unmarried; celibate
N2

電流

でんりゅう
electric current
N1

再発

さいはつ
return; relapse; reoccurrence

October 30

N5

ハンカチ

ハンカチ、ハンケチ
handkerchief
N4

集める

v1
vt
あつめる
to collect; to assemble; to gather
N3

読書

どくしょ、とくしょ
reading
N2

テンポ

テンポ
tempo
N1

採択

さいたく
adoption; selection; choice

October 29

N5

パン

パン
bread; pastries (e.g. croissants); pastry-based products; pan; frying pan; panning (in a film)
N4

集る

たかる
to gather; to crowd round; to swarm; to flock; to extort from; to sponge off
N3

得意

とくい
triumph; prosperity; pride; one's strong point; one's forte; one's specialty; frequent customer (client, etc.)
N2

電波

でんぱ
electromagnetic wave; radio wave; nonsense
N1

最善

さいぜん
the very best