拉 means 'kidnap'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 1713   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-29    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 10 words   Used in 19 words   Used in 4 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
On    ラツ   ロウ
Kun    ひし to crush   ひしげる to be crushed   らっする   くだ
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Find out all about the bizarre "abduction issue" in Japan, a mystery that has persisted for decades. Delve into questions about the origins of ramen and various ways of representing that word. Discover a manga character inspired by noodles! Learn to use 拉 to indicate that you've been crushed by misfortune or weighed down by worries. And see how such random meanings all connect to 拉.
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Favorite Foods
芋 寿 麺 拉
Sushi comes in infinite varieties (as the 寿 essay shows). Noodles can take many forms and be made from a multitude of flours (as the 麺 and 拉 essays demonstrate). Sweet potatoes differ by region (as the 芋 essay makes clear). In Japan these favorite foods inspire not only cravings but also deep passion, nostalgia, arguments over origin stories, and hairsplitting about the preparation methods particular to certain locales. People also have strong beliefs about these dishes, eating certain noodles for longevity, treating sweet potatoes as guilty pleasures, and regarding uncut sushi as lucky.
⿰   () hand   stand  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 拉 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 拉 is used 10 times, read 2 ways.
ラ : 5 words FIND ALL
taking captive; carrying away; kidnapping; kidnaping; abduction
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ひし : 5 words FIND ALL
'gu' godan verb, transitive verb
to crush
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An additional 9 less common words include 拉 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 2128  Key to Kanji:

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ラ    kidnap   
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リツ   リュウ   た to stand   たてる to build   
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