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  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
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大 means 'big'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 37    Frequency: 4   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-1    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 1    Beginner lesson: 1   Begins 1298 words   Used in 1924 words   Used in 16315 names   Component in 1946 kanji (274 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ダイ   タイ
   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-
Name    うふ   お   おう   た   たかし   とも   はじめ   ひろ   ひろし   まさ   まさる   もと   わ
See why the "big" radical 大 is in kanji such as (58: sky), (573: husband), and (1825: rush), and learn what to call this radical in its various positions.
⿻   one   person  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 大 is used 109 times, read 3 ways. 3 words use a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 大 is used 1768 times, read 3 ways (with 4 variations). 4 words use a non-standard reading.
Note: kanji quick view shows the most useful word for each reading which is also the most common variant, and in the 10,000 most useful words in Japanese. Words shown here draw from all words in Japanese and include less common forms.
ダイ : 869 words FIND ALL
1. post-secondary education institution, incl. university, college, etc.  (see also: 総合大学)
2. former central university of Kyoto (established under the ritsuryo system for the training of government administrators)  (see also: 大学寮, 国学; abbreviation)
(click the word to view an additional 1 meaning and 2 forms, examples and links)
タイ : 431 words FIND ALL
1. important; necessary; indispensable
2. beloved; precious; dear; cherished; valuable
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おおきい : 451 words FIND ALL
big; large; great; loud
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わ: 1 word. FIND ALL
Japanese-style ritual saddle  (see also: 唐鞍)
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だ: 2 words. FIND ALL
vice-minister (Meiji period); undersecretary  (see also: 大輔, 次官)
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お: 7 words. FIND ALL
big; large; great  (see also: 小っちゃい; often written with kana only; colloquialism)
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た: 3 words. FIND ALL
1. high-ranking noh actor  (see also: 能太夫)
2. head of a school of noh performance
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Part of a non-standard reading: 4 words. FIND ALL
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Henshall: 25 (originally: 53)  Joy o' Kanji : 53  Key to Kanji: 705 

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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   
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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.