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効 means 'effective'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 664   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 5   Intermediate lesson: 40    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 26 words   Used in 217 words   Used in 9 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   コウ
Kun
   to be effective
Kun    ききめ   なら
  
⿰   mix; mixed   effort  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 効 is used 10 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 効 is used 207 times, read 2 ways.
コウ : 196 words FIND ALL
1. effect; effectiveness; efficacy; result
noun
2. effects (e.g. sound effects, visual effects, special effects)  (see also: 音響効果)
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'ku' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to be effective; to show effect  (see also: 薬が効く)
2. to do its work; to carry out its function well  (see also: 目が利く)
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Henshall: 697 (originally: 671)  Joy o' Kanji : 671  Key to Kanji: 314 

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コウ   effective   き to be effective   
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リョク   リキ   ちから effort; power   
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コウ   mix; mixed   まぜる to mix, stir   まざる    まじる to be mixed together   まじえる to mix, intersperse   まじわる to intersect   か to take turns   かわす to exchange   
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ロク   むっ six   む    むい    む    
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フ   ちち father   
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katakana 'ha'; eight
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crossed swords
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.
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