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English Reference for yaku (やく)

  1. adverb approximately, about
  2. noun promise
  3. shortening, reduction, simplification
  4. linguistics contraction (in phonetics)
Example sentences
About 50 percent of the firms in Japan have acknowledged the necessity of giving their workers longer holidays, and think summer holidays are needed to give their workers both mental and physical refreshment
The lake is about 25 meters deep
We played games for about an hour and a half
This jet travels about three times as fast as the speed of sound
The island is about two miles off the coast
In about 20 minutes she made up her face
Father came home about ten minutes ago
The population of your city is about five times as large as that of my town
About eighty thousand spectators packed into the stadium last night
The population of Wellington is only about one fortieth that of Tokyo
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