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化 means 'change'

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Strokes : 4    Frequency: 102   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-2    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 15    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 146 words   Used in 1383 words   Used in 392 names   Component in 17 kanji (4 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   カ   ケ
Kun
   ける to change
Kun   かす   ふける   けする
⿰   () man   spoon  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 化 is used 14 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 化 is used 1357 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
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カ : 1269 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. culture; civilization; civilisation
2. Bunka era (1804.2.11-1818.4.22)
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ケ : 52 words FIND ALL
2
make-up; makeup; cosmetics
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ケ (read as げ) : 15 words FIND ALL
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goblin; ghost; apparition; bugbear
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ける : 20 words FIND ALL
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ichidan verb, intransitive verb
1. to take the form of (esp. in ref. to a spirit, fox, raccoon dog, etc.); to assume the shape of; to turn oneself into; to transform oneself into
2. to disguise oneself as
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ける : 1 word FIND ALL
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ichidan verb, intransitive verb
to age; to grow old (esp. in appearance); to show marks of age
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Henshall: 258 (originally: 238)  Joy o' Kanji : 238  Key to Kanji: 72 

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カ   ケ   ばける to change   
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ジン   ニン   ひと man   
さじ spoon   
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