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向 means 'confront'

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Strokes : 6    Frequency: 119   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-2    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 16    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 70 words   Used in 397 words   Used in 1483 names   Component in 9 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   コウ
Kun
   かう to confront    to turn towards   こう opposite direction   ける to direct towards
Kun    むこ   む   -む   -む   むかい   むか
Name    こお   た   な   むか   むかい   むこう
向 is read ひなた
⿱   () katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from   wide mouth  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 向 is used 17 times, read 2 ways. 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 向 is used 366 times, read 5 ways. 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
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コウ : 196 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. direction; orientation; bearing; way
2. course (e.g. of action)
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むこ : 2 words FIND ALL
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noun
diagonally opposite  (see also: 筋向かい)
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かう : 159 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. opposite side; other side; opposite direction
2. over there; that way; far away; beyond
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むか : 6 words FIND ALL
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'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
to be opposite; to face each other
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こう (read as むこう) : 2 words FIND ALL
noun
1. dish placed on the far side of the serving table (kaiseki cuisine); side dishes at a banquet (e.g. sashimi, salad, vinegared dish; not rice or soup)  (see also: 懐石; food term)
2. resting one's forehead on the chest of one's opponent and grabbing his belt  (sumo term)
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
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noun
sunny place; in the sun
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Henshall: 294 (originally: 278)  Joy o' Kanji : 278  Key to Kanji: 317 

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コウ   むかう to confront   む to turn towards   むこう opposite direction   むける to direct towards   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
wide mouth
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wide
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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