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一 means 'one'

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Stroke : 1    Radical number: 1    Frequency: 2   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-1    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 1    Beginner lesson: 1   Begins 1473 words   Used in 2077 words   Used in 8019 names   Component in 6392 kanji (974 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   イチ   イツ
   ひと   ひと- one
Name    かず   い   いっ   いる   かつ   かづ   てん   はじめ   ひ   ひとつ   まこと
Find out when to spot this radical in a kanji (rarely) and when not to (the majority of the time). Also see when it actually means 'one' in an etymology, as it does for (1873: to give).
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 一 is used 108 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation). 5 words use a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 一 is used 1993 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations). 6 words use a non-standard reading.
Note: kanji quick view shows the most useful word for each reading which is also the most common variant, and in the 10,000 most useful words in Japanese. Words shown here draw from all words in Japanese and include less common forms.
イチ (read as いっ) : 874 words FIND ALL
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun, 'no' adjective
1. together  (see also: 御一緒)
2. at the same time
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イチ : 713 words FIND ALL
3 2 0
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi)
1. once; one time; on one occasion
2. temporarily; for a moment  (this meaning is restricted to reading ひとたび)
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading, 1 meaning and 6 forms, examples and links)
イツ : 104 words FIND ALL
1. identical; same; one and the same; equal
2. fair; equal treatment; without discrimination
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ひと : 294 words FIND ALL
single word; a few words; brief comment
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ひと (read as ひとつ) : 2 words FIND ALL
depends entirely on; depends above all on
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Part of a non-standard reading: 6 words. FIND ALL
1. one person  (esp. 一人)
2. alone; unmarried; solitary  (esp. 独り; this meaning is restricted to reading ひとり)
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading and 3 forms, examples and links)
Henshall: 1 (originally: 1)  Joy o' Kanji : Key to Kanji: 24 

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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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