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使 means 'use'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 180   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-5    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 10    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 128 words   Used in 285 words   Used in 63 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
On
   シ
Kun
   つか to use
Kun    つか   -つか   -づか
⿰   () man   official  
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便 convenience; tidings  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 使 is used 12 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 使 is used 278 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
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シ : 166 words FIND ALL
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use; application; employment; utilization; utilisation
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つか : 94 words FIND ALL
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'u' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to use (a thing, method, etc.); to make use of; to put to use
2. to use (a person, animal, puppet, etc.); to employ; to handle; to manage; to manipulate  (see also: 人使い)
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つか (read as づか) : 18 words FIND ALL
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noun
chief puppeteer (bunraku); manipulates the head and right arm  (see also: 三人遣い)
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Henshall: 303 (originally: 287)  Joy o' Kanji : 287  Key to Kanji: 405 

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使
シ   つか to use   
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リ    official   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
シ    history   
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crossed swords
チュウ   ジュウ   なか middle   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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stick   
ジン   ニン   ひと man   
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