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May 19, 2022
N5
しごと
Definition
work, job, business, occupation, employment, vocation, task, work
N4
すな、すなご、いさご
Definition
sand, grit, gold dust, silver dust
N3
かこ
Definition
the past, bygone days, the previous, a past (i.e. a personal history one would prefer remained secret), one's past, past (tense), preterit, preterite, previous life
N2
かけざん
Definition
multiplication
N1
あまい
Definition
sweet-tasting, sweet, sugary, sugared, fragrant (smelling), sweet (music), lightly salted, light in salt, not spicy, naive, overly optimistic, soft on, generous, indulgent, easy-going, lenient, half-hearted, not finished properly, insufficient, not s...

Daily Word History

May 18

N5

私窩子

しかし
prostitute; harlot
N4

すっと

すっと、スッと、スーッと、すうっと
straight; quickly; directly; all of a sudden; quietly; gently; softly; to feel refreshed; to feel satisfied
N3

欠ける

缺ける、闕ける
v1
vi
かける
to be chipped; to be damaged; to be broken; to be lacking; to be missing; to be insufficient; to be short; to be deficient; to be negligent toward; (of the moon) to wane; to go into eclipse
N2

確率

かくりつ
probability; likelihood; chances
N1

唸る

呻る
うなる
to groan; to moan; to roar; to howl; to growl; to hum (e.g. engine, wires in wind); to buzz; to sough; low, dull sound; to ooh and aah (in admiration); to sing in a strong, low voice (esp. traditional chant or recitation)

May 17

N5

しお、えん
salt (i.e. sodium chloride); common salt; table salt; salt (e.g. sodium chloride, calcium sulfate, etc.); hardship; toil; trouble; saltiness
N4

すっかり

すっかり
all; completely; thoroughly
N3

いん
yin (i.e. the negative); unseen location (i.e. somewhere private)
N2

格別

各別
かくべつ、かくべち
particular; special; exceptional; especial; particularly; especially; exceptionally
N1

促す

うながす
to urge; to press; to prompt; to suggest; to demand; to stimulate; to quicken; to incite; to invite (attention to)

May 16

N5

num
スー
four
N4

荒む

進む、遊む
すさむ
to grow wild; to run to waste
N3

かげ
shadow; silhouette; figure; shape; reflection; image; ominous sign; light (stars, moon); trace; shadow (of one's former self)
N2

学部

がくぶ
department of a university; undergraduate (course, program, etc.)
N1

雲呑

饂飩
ワンタン
wonton (Chinese dumpling); won ton; wantan; wanton; wuntun

May 15

N5

散歩

さんぽ
walk; stroll
N4

凄い

すごい
terrible; dreadful; amazing (e.g. of strength); great (e.g. of skills); wonderful; terrific; to a great extent; vast (in numbers)
N3

隠れる

匿れる
v1
vi
かくれる
to hide; to be hidden; to conceal oneself; to disappear
N2

学年

がくねん
academic year; school year; year in school; grade in school
N1

腕前

うでまえ
ability; skill; facility

May 14

N5

num
サン
three
N4

過ぎる

すぎる
to pass through; to pass by; to go beyond; to pass (i.e. of time); to elapse; to have expired; to have ended; to be over; to exceed; to surpass; to be above; to be no more than ...; to be excessive; to be too much; to be too ...
N3

学問

がくもん
scholarship; study; learning
N2

角度

かくど
angle
N1

雨天

うてん
rainy weather

May 13

N5

再来年

さ来年
さらいねん
year after next
N4

数学

すうがく
mathematics; arithmetic
N3

確認

かくにん
confirmation; verification; validation; review; check; affirmation; identification
N2

拡張

かくちょう
expansion; extension; enlargement; escape; ESC
N1

うつわ
bowl; vessel; container; ability; capacity; calibre; caliber

May 12

N5

寒い

さむい、さぶい
cold (e.g. weather); uninteresting (esp. joke); lame; dull; weak; corny
N4

水道

すいどう
water service; water supply
N3

拡大

かくだい
magnification; enlargement; expansion; amplification
N2

各地

かくち
every place; various places
N1

虚ろ

空ろ、洞ろ
うつろ
blank; cavity; hollow; empty (space)

May 11

N5

砂糖

さとう
sugar
N4

水泳

すいえい
swimming
N3

隠す

隠くす、匿す、隱くす
かくす
to hide; to conceal
N2

学術

がくじゅつ
science; learning; scholarship; arts and sciences; academic pursuits
N1

写し

うつし
copy; duplicate; facsimile; transcript

May 10

N5

雑誌

ざっし
journal; magazine; periodical
N4

新聞社

しんぶんしゃ
newspaper company
N3

学習

がくしゅう
study; learning; tutorial
N2

拡充

かくじゅう
expansion
N1

鬱陶しい

うっとうしい、うっとおしい
gloomy (e.g. mood); depressing; irritating; troublesome; heavy (weather); cloudy

May 09

N5

差す

さす
to shine; to be visible; to be tinged with; to rise (of water levels); to flow in; to be felt (i.e. as an emotion); to come over one; to hold up (an umbrella, etc.); to put up; to raise; to extend one's arm straight ahead (in dance); to insert; to put in; to wear (a sword) in one's belt; to wear at one's side; to carry under one's arm; to insert one's arm under an opponent's arm; to pole (a boat); to pour; to add (liquid); to serve (drinks); to put on (lipstick, etc.); to apply; to colour; to dye; to light (a fire); to burn; to shut; to close; to lock; to fasten; to stop in the midst of; to leave undone
N4

親切

深切
しんせつ
kindness; gentleness
N3

学者

がくしゃ
scholar
N2

各自

かくじ
individual; each
N1

訴え

うったえ
lawsuit; complaint

May 08

N5

作文

さくぶん
writing (an essay, prose, etc.); composition; formal writing with little real meaning
N4

神社

じんじゃ
Shinto shrine
N3

確実

かくじつ
certainty; reliability; soundness
N2

架空

かくう
aerial; overhead; fiction; fictitious; imaginary; fanciful
N1

内訳

うちわけ
itemization (of expenses); the items; breakdown; classification

May 07

N5

咲く

さく
to bloom
N4

人口

じんこう
population; common talk
N3

覚悟

かくご
resolution; resignation; readiness; preparedness
N2

嗅ぐ

かぐ
to sniff; to smell
N1

団扇

うちわ
fan

May 06

N5

せん
former; previous; old; first move (in go, shogi, etc.); opening move
N4

調べる

v1
vt
しらべる
to examine; to investigate; to check up; to sense; to study; to inquire; to search
N3

がく
picture (framed); amount or sum (of money)
N2

掻く

搔く
かく
to scratch; to perspire; to shovel; to paddle
N1

打ち込む

打込む
うちこむ
to drive in (e.g. nail, stake); to hammer in; to hit (a ball, etc.); to drive; to smash; to fire into (e.g. a crowd); to launch (e.g. missiles); to lob (e.g. grenades); to input (data); to enter; to devote oneself to; to go heart and soul into; to throw oneself into; to go head over heels for; to practice hitting (baseball, tennis, etc.); to hit (an opponent in kendo, boxing, etc.); to get a blow in; to invade one's opponent's territory (in the game of go); to place a stone in an opponent's formation; to pour (concrete, etc.) into a form

May 05

N5

さかな、うお
fish
N4

知らせる

報せる
v1
vt
しらせる
to notify; to advise; to inform
N3

がく
-ology; -ics; study of ...; learning; scholarship; erudition; knowledge
N2

垣根

かきね
hedge; fence
N1

打ち消し

打消し、打消
うちけし
negation; denial; negative

May 04

N5

財布

さいふ
purse; handbag; wallet
N4

女性

じょせい、にょしょう
woman; female; feminine gender
N3

家具

かぐ
furniture
N2

書き取り

書取
かきとり
writing down from other written material; writing kanji text from hiragana; transcription (of spoken material)
N1

打ち切る

打切る
うちきる
to stop; to abort; to discontinue; to close

May 03

N5

さあ

さあ
come; come now; come along; go on; hurry up; well; who knows; I don't know...; uh; hmm; well now; let's see; there we go; all right; about that; you see
N4

食料品

しょくりょうひん
foodstuff; groceries
N3

描く

画く
えがく、かく
to draw; to paint; to sketch; to depict; to describe; to picture in one's mind; to imagine; to form a certain shape (e.g. path of an action, appearance of an object, etc.)
N2

書留

書き留め、書留め
かきとめ
registered mail; registration (e.g. of mail); writing down; putting on record; recording; making a note of
N1

打ち合わせる

打ち合せる、打合せる、打合わせる
v1
vt
うちあわせる
to knock together; to arrange (e.g. a meeting)

May 02

N5

今晩

こんばん
tonight; this evening
N4

将来

しょうらい
future (usually near); prospects
N3

限る

かぎる
to restrict; to limit; to confine; to be restricted to; to be limited to; to be confined to
N2

関わる

係わる、拘る、関る、拘わる、係る
かかわる
to be affected; to be influenced; to be concerned with; to have to do with; to stick to (opinions)
N1

打ち合わせ

打ち合せ、打合せ、打合わせ
うちあわせ
advance arrangements; preparatory meeting; briefing session; overlap (of a coat, etc.); making something match exactly

May 01

N5

こんな

こんな
such (about something or someone close to the speaker (including the speaker), or about ideas expressed by the speaker); like this
N4

小説

しょうせつ
novel; (short) story
N3

けん
key (of a piano, etc.)
N2

家屋

かおく
house; building
N1

嘘つき

嘘吐き、嘘付き
うそつき
liar (sometimes said with not much seriousness); fibber

April 30

N5

今週

こんしゅう
this week
N4

小学校

しょうがっこう
primary school; elementary school; grade school
N3

罹る

v5r
かかる
to suffer from
N2

反る

そる
to warp; to be warped; to curve; to be curved; to be arched; to bend; to be bent; to bend backward (body or body part, e.g. fingers)
N1

埋まる

うまる、うずまる
to be buried; to be covered; to be surrounded; to overflow; to be crowded; to be filled; to be repaid (e.g. debt); to be replenished

April 29

N5

今月

こんげつ
this month
N4

紹介

しょうかい
introduction; presentation; referral; listing
N3

掛かる

懸かる、掛る、懸る
かかる
to take (a resource, e.g. time or money); to hang; to come into view; to arrive; to come under (a contract, a tax); to start (engines, motors); to attend; to deal with; to handle; to have started to; to be on the verge of; to overlap (e.g. information in a manual); to cover; to (come) at; to be fastened; to be covered (e.g. with dust, a table-cloth, etc.); to be caught in; to get a call; to depend on
N2

換える

替える、代える
v1
vt
かえる
to replace; to exchange; to interchange; to substitute
N1

うず
whirlpool; swirl; eddy; vortex; maelstrom