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建 means 'build'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 377   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-7    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 12    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 96 words   Used in 190 words   Used in 484 names   Component in 10 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ケン   コン
   to be built   てる to build
Kun      -だ
Name    たけ   たつ   たて
⿺   long stride   brush  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 建 is used 10 times, read 4 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 建 is used 186 times, read 4 ways (with 5 variations).
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.
ケン : 115 words FIND ALL
construction; establishment
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コン : 2 words FIND ALL
(act of) building (temple, monument, etc.); erection
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ケン (read as げん) : 1 word FIND ALL
office setup; office establishment  (computer terminology)
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(read as だ) : 22 words FIND ALL
detached house; stand-alone house; single-family home
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てる (read as たて) : 18 words FIND ALL
2 3
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'tsu' godan verb, intransitive verb
to be erected; to be built
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(read as たっ) : 1 word FIND ALL
1. height (of a building, etc.)  (architecture term)
2. height (of a person, thing, etc.)  (often written with kana only)
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だて: 6 words. FIND ALL
half-erect (e.g. building)
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だつ: 3 words. FIND ALL
expression, 'i' adjective
no hope of getting ahead  (see also: うだつの上がらない)
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Henshall: 498 (originally: 473)  Joy o' Kanji : 473  Key to Kanji: 273 

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ケン   コン   た to be built   たてる to build   
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long stride
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