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保 means 'protect'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 218   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-1    Grade: 5   Intermediate lesson: 55    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 227 words   Used in 637 words   Used in 3558 names   Component in 7 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ホ
Kun
   たも to protect, safeguard
On    ホウ
Name    う   お   ぶ   もり   やす   やすし
⿰   () man   amazed  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 保 is used 18 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 保 is used 629 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
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ホ : 565 words FIND ALL
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insurance; guarantee
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ホ (read as ぽ) : 35 words FIND ALL
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security; guarantee; collateral (e.g. mortgage)
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ホウ : 15 words FIND ALL
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noun
Houan era (1120.4.10-1124.4.3); Hoan era
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ホウ (read as ぽう) : 8 words FIND ALL
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noun
Tempou era (1830.12.10-1844.12.2)
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たも : 6 words FIND ALL
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to keep; to preserve; to hold; to retain; to maintain; to support; to sustain; to last; to endure; to keep well (food); to wear well; to be durable
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An additional 8 less common words include 保 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 808 (originally: 787)  Joy o' Kanji : 787  Key to Kanji: 953 

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ホ   たも to protect, safeguard   
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ジン   ニン   ひと man   
ホウ   ボウ   amazed   あきれる to be amazed   ほうける    ほけ    ぼける to be befuddled or slow; to go senile   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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モク   ボク   き    こ- tree   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
stick   
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