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JLPT N2 Vocabulary List

This is the list of words you need to study for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N2.

JLPT N2 Vocabulary List

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溢れる (afureru): to overflow, to brim over

曖昧 (aimai): vague, ambiguous, unclear​

味わう (ajiwau): to taste, to savor, to enjoy

甘やかす (amayakasu): to pamper, to spoil​

怪しい (ayashii): suspicious, dubious, doubtful

危うい (ayaui): dangerous, in danger, at risk

売買 (baibai): trade, buying and selling

膨大 (boudai): huge, vast, enormous

防止 (boushi): prevention, check​

部品 (buhin): parts, accessories, components​

分類 (bunrui): classification, categorization

打つかる (butsukaru): to strike against, to collide with

地上 (chijou): above ground, surface

誓う (chikau): to swear, to vow, to pledge​

地帯 (chitai): area, zone, belt (of land)​​

地点 (chiten): site, point on a map, spot​

彫刻 (choukoku): carving, engraving, sculpture​

調整 (chousei): adjustment, regulation, coordination

中間 (chuukan): middle, midway, interim​

騙す (damasu): to trick, to cheat, to deceive​

段階 (dankai): grade, level, stage, class

暖炉 (danro): fireplace, hearth, stove

断定 (dantei): conclusion, decision​

妥当 (datou): valid, proper, right, appropriate

電波 (denpa): radio wave, signal

電力 (denryoku): electric power​

伝染 (densen): contagion, infection​

動作 (dousa): action, movements, motions

延長 (enchou): extension, lengthening, prolongation

付近 (fukin): neighborhood, vicinity, environs​

複数 (fukusuu): several, plural, multiple

普及 (fukyuu): spread, popularization

分別 (funbetsu): good sense, judgement, wisdom

外部 (gaibu): outside, exterior​

外見 (gaiken): outward appearance​

願望 (ganbou): desire, wish, aspiration​

限度 (gendo): limit, bounds​

厳重 (genjuu): strict, rigor, severe, firm

原理 (genri): principle, theory, fundamental truth​

儀式 (gishiki): ceremony, rite, ritual

合同 (goudou): combination, union, fusion

強引 (gouin): overbearing, coercive, forcible

合理 (gouri): rationality

合流 (gouryuu): confluence, merge, union

行事 (gyouji): event, function​

派手 (hade): showy, flashy, gaudy

破片 (hahen): fragment, broken piece, splinter

発揮 (hakki): exhibition, demonstration, show

反映 (hanei): reflection (light, image, situation)

判事 (hanji): judge, judiciary​

反論 (hanron): objection, refutation, rebuttal​

発想 (hassou): idea, conception, way of thinking

発電 (hatsuden): generation (e.g. power)​

外れる (hazureru): to be disconnected, to be off

隔てる (hedateru): to separate, to isolate, to divide

平凡 (heibon): ordinary, common, mediocre

平気 (heiki): coolness, calmness, composure

響く (hibiku): to resound, to reverberate

皮膚 (hifu): skin

皮肉 (hiniku): cynicism, sarcasm, irony

広場 (hiroba): plaza, (public) square

本部 (honbu): headquarters, main office

本題 (hondai): main question, real issue at hand​

本来 (honrai): originally, primarily, essentially

掘る (horu): to dig, to excavate, to hollow​

方面 (houmen): direction, district, area​

方針 (houshin): policy, objective, principle

法則 (housoku): law, rule​

一応 (ichiou): more or less, pretty much, roughly

意義 (igi): meaning, significance​

違法 (ihou): illegal, illegality, invalid

以降 (ikou): on and after, hereafter

遺産 (isan): inheritance, bequest, legacy

一定 (ittei): fixed, settled, constant

弱点 (jakuten): weak point, weakness, shortcoming

実感 (jikkan): real feeling, actual feeling​

自問 (jimon): asking oneself​

実績 (jisseki): achievements, actual results

自体 (jitai): itself, originally, naturally

実務 (jitsumu): practical business, practicum

実力 (jitsuryoku): (real) ability, true strength, merit

蒸気 (jouki): steam, vapor​

上級 (joukyuu): advanced level, high grade, senior​

循環 (junkan): circulation, rotation, cycle​

純粋 (junsui): pure, true, genuine

重点 (juuten): important point, emphasis, stress

過大 (kadai): excessive, too much

開放 (kaihou): open, liberalization

解放 (kaihou): release, unleashing, liberation

海上 (kaijou): (by, at, on) sea, maritime

解散 (kaisan): breakup, dissolution​

改正 (kaisei): revision, amendment, alteration​

解釈 (kaishaku): explanation, interpretation​

回答 (kaitou): reply, answer​

過剰 (kajou): excess, surplus, over-​

各地 (kakuchi): every place, various places​

拡張 (kakuchou): expansion, extension, enlargement

観念 (kannen): idea, notion, conception

間接 (kansetsu): indirection, indirectness​

観測 (kansoku): observation, survey, measurement​

重ねる (kasaneru): to pile up, to stack up

加速 (kasoku): acceleration, speeding up​

仮定 (katei): assumption, supposition, hypothesis​

過程 (katei): process, course, mechanism​

活力 (katsuryoku): vitality, energy, dynamism​

活躍 (katsuyaku): activity, great efforts

可愛がる (kawaigaru): to love, to be affectionate

為替 (kawase): money order, exchange (e.g. foreign)​

課税 (kazei): taxation

気配 (kehai): indication, sign, presence

警備 (keibi): defense, guard, security​

系統 (keitou): system, lineage, ancestry

継続 (keizoku): continuation

謙虚 (kenkyo): modesty, humility​

基盤 (kiban): foundation, basis, base

基地 (kichi): base (military, expedition, etc.)​

期限 (kigen): term, time limit, deadline

禁じる (kinjiru): to prohibit​

基礎 (kiso): foundation, basis​

刻む (kizamu): to carve, to engrave

心得る (kokoroeru): to know, to be aware of

国王 (kokuou): king

国籍 (kokuseki): nationality, citizenship​

広大 (koudai): huge, very large, vast

高度 (koudo): altitude, elevation​, high-degree

公表 (kouhyou): official announcement, proclamation​

工事 (kouji): construction work, construction

口実 (koujitsu): excuse, pretext​

好奇心 (koukishin): curiosity, inquisitiveness​

公共 (koukyou): public, community, public service

高級 (koukyuu): high class, high rank​

交流 (kouryuu): (cultural) exchange, interchange

公正 (kousei): justice, fairness, impartiality​

公式 (koushiki): formal, official​

更新 (koushin): renewal, update, improvement

公衆 (koushuu): the public, general public​

交代 (koutai): alternation, change, relief

肯定 (koutei): positive, affirmation​

構造 (kouzou): structure, construction, makeup

配る (kubaru): to distribute, to deliver

唇 (kuchibiru): lips

工夫 (kufuu): scheme, device

苦情 (kujou): complaint, objection, troubles

苦難 (kunan): suffering, distress, hardship

空想 (kuusou): daydream, fantasy

崩れる (kuzureru): to collapse, to crumble, to crash

崩す (kuzusu): to destroy, to demolish, to tear down

強化 (kyouka): strengthening, intensifying, reinforcement

教養 (kyouyou): cultivation, refinement, education

給与 (kyuuyo): pay, salary, wages​

稀 (mare): rare, seldom


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摩擦 (masatsu): friction, rubbing, conflict

纏める (matomeru): to collect, to put (it all) together

迷信 (meishin): superstition, superstitious belief​

目指す (mezasu): to aim at, to have an eye on

惨め (mijime): miserable, wretched, unhappy

見舞う (mimau): to ask after (someone’s health), to visit​​

見直す (minaosu): to look again​, to get a better opinion of

民間 (minkan): private, non-governmental

自ら (mizukara): for one’s self, personally​

持ち主 (mochinushi): owner, proprietor, possessor

儲ける (moukeru): to profit, to get, to earn

無限 (mugen): infinity, infinitude, limitless

矛盾 (mujun): contradiction, inconsistency​

群れ (mure): group, crowd, flock

無数 (musuu): countless number, innumerable

長引く (nagabiku): to be prolonged, to drag on​

殴る (naguru): to strike, to hit, to beat

慰める (nagusameru): to comfort, to console, to amuse​

中身 (nakami): contents, interior, substance

狙い (nerai): aim

狙う (nerau): to aim at​, to be after (something)

鈍い (nibui): dull, slow, stupid

逃がす (nigasu): to set free, to let go, to release​

憎む (nikumu): to hate, to detest​

日程 (nittei): schedule, program

載る (noru): to be placed on, to be loaded on

農村 (nouson): agricultural community, farm village​

陥る (ochiiru): to fall, to surrender, to capitulate​

落ち着く (ochitsuku): to calm down, to compose oneself

脅かす (odokasu): to threaten, to menace

補う (oginau): to compensate for, to supplement​

怠る (okotaru): to be negligent in doing something

思い込む (omoikomu): to be under impression that

恩恵 (onkei): grace, favor, blessing

抑える (osaeru): to hold something down, to restrain

惜しい (oshii): regrettable, precious, valuable

教わる (osowaru): to be taught (by), to learn from​

大人しい (otonashii): obedient, docile, quiet

応援 (ouen): aid, assistance, help

応用 (ouyou): putting to practical use​

乱暴 (ranbou): violence, assault, rough

例外 (reigai): exception

連合 (rengou): union, alliance, combination​

利害 (rigai): advantages and disadvantages

臨時 (rinji): temporary, provisional, interim​

録音 (rokuon): (audio) recording

歳 (sai): -years-old​

最大 (saidai): biggest, greatest, largest

再開 (saikai): reopening, resumption, restarting​

災難 (sainan): calamity, misfortune, disaster​

探る (saguru): to grope for, to search for

最新 (saishin): latest, newest

作成 (sakusei): drawing up, preparing, framing

撮影 (satsuei): photographing, filming

成立 (seiritsu): coming into existence, establishment

性質 (seishitsu): nature, property, disposition

接近 (sekkin): getting closer, drawing nearer

迫る (semaru): to approach, to draw near

宣伝 (senden): publicity, advertisement

専門 (senmon): speciality, specialty, expert

線路 (senro): railway track, railway line

先頭 (sentou): head, lead, first

接する (sessuru): to touch, to come in contact with

接続 (setsuzoku): connection, attachment, link

社員 (shain): company employee​

縛る (shibaru): to tie, to bind, to fasten​

紙幣 (shihei): paper money, note, bill

敷く (shiku): to spread out, to lay out​

湿る (shimeru): to be wet, to be damp

診断 (shindan): diagnosis, medical examination

侵入 (shinnyuu): invasion, incursion, raid

深夜 (shin’ya): late at night​

執筆 (shippitsu): writing (e.g. as a profession)​

知り合い (shiriai): acquaintance

素人 (shirouto): amateur, layman

姿勢 (shisei): posture, attitude, stance

指定 (shitei): designation, appointment, assignment

商業 (shougyou): commerce, trade, business​

消極的 (shoukyoku): negative, passive, half-hearted

正面 (shoumen): front, frontage, facade

焦点 (shouten): focus (photographic), focal point​

縮小 (shukushou): reduction, curtailment​

周辺 (shuuhen): circumference, outskirts, environs

就任 (shuunin): inauguration, assumption of office​

終了 (shuuryou): end, close, termination​

修繕 (shuuzen): repair, mending​

率直 (socchoku): frankness, candor, directness

祖先 (sosen): ancestor

相互 (sougo): mutual, reciprocal​

相違 (soui): difference, discrepancy, variation​

倉庫 (souko): storehouse, warehouse

想定 (soutei): hypothesis, supposition

水素 (suiso): hydrogen (H)​

推定 (suitei): presumption, assumption​

隙間 (sukima): crevice, crack, gap, interval

少なくとも (sukunakutomo): at least​

耐える (taeru): to bear, to stand, to endure

体系 (taikei): system, organization

対策 (taisaku): measure, provision, step

体制 (taisei): order, system, structure

対照 (taishou): contrast, antithesis, comparison​

高める (takameru): to raise, to lift, to boost

滝 (taki): waterfall

蓄える (takuwaeru): to store, to accumulate

短期 (tanki): short-term​

頼り (tayori): reliance, dependence​

低下 (teika): fall, decline, lowering

停止 (teishi): suspension, interruption, ban

展開 (tenkai): development, evolution

照らす (terasu): to shine on, to illuminate​

手続き (tetsuzuki): procedure, (legal) process, formalities​

止まる (todomaru): to abide, to be limited to

特殊 (tokushu): special, particular, unique

特定 (tokutei): specific, particular, designated

伴う (tomonau): to accompany, to bring with

整う (totonou): to be prepared, to be adjusted

統一 (touitsu): unity, consolidation, uniformity

登場 (toujou): entry (on stage), appearance (on screen)​

統計 (toukei): statistics

透明 (toumei): transparent, clear​

追加 (tsuika): addition, supplement

付き合う (tsukiau): to associate with, to go out with

繋がる (tsunagaru): to be tied together, to be linked to

努める (tsutomeru): to endeavor, to try, to strive

通知 (tsuuchi): notice, notification, report

通貨 (tsuuka): currency

通勤 (tsuukin): commuting to work​

通路 (tsuuro): passage, pathway, roadway

通達 (tsuutatsu): notification, official notice

通用 (tsuuyou): popular use, circulation​

強み (tsuyomi): forte, strong point​

浮かぶ (ukabu): to float, to be suspended​

埋める (umeru): to bury, to fill up, to plug

羨ましい (urayamashii): envious (feeling, etc.), jealous

売上 (uriage): amount sold, sales, proceeds

映る (utsuru): to be reflected, to be displayed

役目 (yakume): duty, role, function​

役人 (yakunin): government official​

予備 (yobi): reserve, preparation, preliminaries​

予告 (yokoku): advance notice, previous note

翌日 (yokujitsu): next day

蘇る (yomigaeru): to be resurrected, to be revived

行方 (yukue): (one’s) whereabouts​

輸送 (yusou): transport, transportation​

座 (za): seat, place, position​

前後 (zengo): front and rear, before and after

全般 (zenpan): (the) whole, entirety, wholly

属する (zoku suru): to belong to, to come under

続々 (zokuzoku): successively, one after another​

増大 (zoudai): enlargement, increase​

頭脳 (zunou): head, brains​, intellect

See also: JLPT N2 Grammar List

 


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