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On-yomi
ヤク
yaku
エキ
eki
Nanori
ちゃく
chaku
Meaning duty, war, campaign, drafted labor, office, service, role

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役に立つ やくにたつ
yakunitatsu
Godan-tsu verb to be helpful, to be useful
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役割 やくわり
yakuwari
noun part, assigning (allotment of) parts, role, duties
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役立つ やくだつ
yakudatsu
Godan-tsu verb intransitive verb to be useful, to be helpful, to serve the purpose
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やく
yaku
  1. noun noun (suffix) use, service, role
  2. post, position
  3. scoring combination (e.g. in mahjong, card games, etc.), hand
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役目 やくめ
yakume
noun duty, business, role
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主役 しゅやく
shuyaku
noun no-adjective leading part, leading actor (actress)
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役者 やくしゃ
yakusha
noun actor, actress
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役所 やくしょ
yakusho
noun government office, public office
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役人 やくにん
yakunin
noun government official
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重役 じゅうやく
juuyaku
noun company director, top management, high executive, (person with) heavy responsibilities
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役場 やくば
yakuba
noun town hall
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役職 やくしょく
yakushoku
noun post, managerial position, official position
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現役 げんえき
geneki
  1. noun no-adjective active duty, active service
  2. student who passed their university entrance exams on the first try, student taking (university) entrance exams while still enrolled in school
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兵役 へいえき
heieki
noun military service, conscription
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脇役 わきやく
wakiyaku
noun no-adjective supporting role (actor), minor role
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懲役 ちょうえき
choueki
noun penal servitude, imprisonment with hard labor (hard labour)
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重役 おもやく
omoyaku
noun company director, top management, high executive, (person with) heavy responsibilities
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区役所 くやくしょ
kuyakusho
noun ward office, council (regional)
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市役所 しやくしょ
shiyakusho
noun municipal office, council, city hall
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取締役 とりしまりやく
torishimariyaku
noun company director, board member
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役員 やくいん
yakuin
noun officer, official, executive, staff
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三役 さんやく
sanyaku
  1. noun three highest ranks (wrestling, unions, etc.)
  2. three parts, three divisions
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相談役 そうだんやく
soudanyaku
noun counselor, counsellor, adviser, advisor
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取締役会 とりしまりやくかい
torishimariyakukai
  1. noun board of directors
  2. board of directors' meeting
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監査役 かんさやく
kansayaku
noun auditor, inspector
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子役 こやく
koyaku
noun dramatic role for child, child actor
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悪役 あくやく
akuyaku
noun no-adjective villain, baddie, the villain's part
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助役 じょやく
joyaku
noun assistant official
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代役 だいやく
daiyaku
noun substitute (e.g. actor), substitution, stand-in, double
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服役 ふくえき
fukueki
noun auxillary suru verb penal servitude, military service
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役柄 やくがら
yakugara
noun role
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退役 たいえき
taieki
noun auxillary suru verb no-adjective retiring from military service
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配役 はいやく
haiyaku
noun cast (of a play)
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大役 たいやく
taiyaku
  1. noun important task, important role, great duty, important mission
  2. major part (e.g. in a movie)
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役回り やくまわり
yakumawari
noun role, part, (unpleasant) duty
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町役場 まちやくば
machiyakuba
noun town hall
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火付け役 ひつけやく
hitsukeyaku
noun instigator, troublemaker
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当たり役 あたりやく
atariyaku
noun successful role
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役に立たない やくにたたない
yakunitatanai
Expression adjective of no avail, useless
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端役 はやく
hayaku
noun no-adjective minor role
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荷役 にえき
nieki
noun handling cargo, loading and unloading
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役務 えきむ
ekimu
noun labor, labour, service
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一役 いちやく
ichiyaku
noun an office, an important office
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顔役 かおやく
kaoyaku
noun influential man, boss
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上役 うわやく
uwayaku
noun superior, senior
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適役 てきやく
tekiyaku
noun suitable post or role
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役名 やくめい
yakumei
noun official title
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就役 しゅうえき
shuueki
noun auxillary suru verb placed in commission, entering servitude
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敵役 かたきやく
katakiyaku
noun role of the villain, the bad guy
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敵役 てきやく
tekiyaku
noun role of the villain, the bad guy
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