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To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
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Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
Kanshudo Component Builder Drawing Help
The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
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  • Try to draw the component as it appears in the kanji you're looking up
  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
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抱 means 'hug'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 584   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-14    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 27    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 43 words   Used in 69 words   Used in 59 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
     いだ to hug   かかえる to carry, to hold (an object, a burden)
Name    たば
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Discover key differences between two verbs written as 抱く. Learn about grudges and sitting on eggs and what connects these things. Read about (not) hugging in Japan, an odd translation of a Beatles song title, bundling products, armfuls of things, caretaking, patience, ambition, and being saddled with work. See how one book title sounds dull in English but erotic in Japanese.
⿰   () hand   wrap  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 抱 is used 4 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 抱 is used 62 times, read 4 ways (with 2 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.
ホウ : 18 words FIND ALL
aspiration; ambition; pretension
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ホウ (read as ぼう) : 2 words FIND ALL
patience; endurance
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: 23 words FIND ALL
'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
to embrace each other
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かかえる : 13 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to hold or carry under or in the arms
2. to have (esp. problems, debts, etc.)
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いだ : 5 words FIND ALL
'ku' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to embrace; to hold in the arms (e.g. a baby); to hug
2. to harbour (e.g. grudge); to harbor; to bear; to have (e.g. ambition); to entertain (e.g. hope, suspicion)  (this meaning is restricted to reading いだく)
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かかえる (read as がか) : 1 word FIND ALL
completely financed; sponsored; under patronage
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Henshall: 1794  Joy o' Kanji : 1794  Key to Kanji:

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ホウ   だ    いだ to hug   かかえる to carry, to hold (an object, a burden)   
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ホウ   つつ to wrap   
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コ   キ   おのれ self   
シュ   て hand   
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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.