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強 means 'strong'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 179   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-5    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 10    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 204 words   Used in 343 words   Used in 167 names   Component in 4 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   キョウ   ゴウ
   つよ strong   つよまる to get stronger   つよめる to strengthen   いる to compel, to force
Kun   いて by force   したた determined   こわ
Name    すね
⿰   bow  ⿱   () private   insect  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 強 is used 31 times, read 4 ways (with 2 variations).
Across all words in Japanese, 強 is used 325 times, read 6 ways (with 3 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.
キョウ : 194 words FIND ALL
1. study
2. diligence
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ゴウ : 50 words FIND ALL
1. robber; mugger
2. robbery; burglary
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つよ : 46 words FIND ALL
1. strong; powerful; mighty; potent
2. resistant; resilient; durable  (... に強い)
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つよ (read as づよ) : 14 words FIND ALL
1. powerful; strong; forceful; vigorous
2. reassuring; encouraging
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こわ : 10 words FIND ALL
1. tough; stiff; hard
2. inflexible; obstinate; stubborn
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いる : 5 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, transitive verb
to force; to compel; to coerce
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こわ (read as ごわ) : 3 words FIND ALL
'ku' godan verb, intransitive verb
to be stiff; to be starchy  (see also: ごわごわ; often written with kana only)
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したた (read as したた) : 2 words FIND ALL
1. strong-willed person; old hand; shrewd rascal; wily fox; desperate character; formidable woman
2. strong man; brave man
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いる (read as じ) : 1 word FIND ALL
0 3
compulsion; insistence; pressure; extortion
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Henshall: 111 (originally: 100)  Joy o' Kanji : 100  Key to Kanji: 211 

Cascading kanji view

キョウ   ゴウ   つよ strong   つよまる to get stronger   つよめる to strengthen   しいる to compel, to force   
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ム   private
チュウ   むし insect   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
チュウ   ジュウ   なか middle   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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キュウ   ゆみ a bow   
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