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放 means 'let go'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 293   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 20    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 205 words   Used in 469 words   Used in 196 names   Component in 2 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   はな   はな to let go   はなれる to get free of   ほう to throw (away)
Kun    -っぱな   こ
Name    はなれ
⿰   way   strike  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 放 is used 20 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 放 is used 444 times, read 3 ways (with 3 variations).
ホウ : 371 words FIND ALL
broadcast; broadcasting
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ホウ (read as ぽう) : 11 words FIND ALL
commercial broadcast  (see also: 民間放送; abbreviation)
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はな : 39 words FIND ALL
'tsu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to fire (e.g. an arrow); to hit (e.g. baseball); to break wind
2. to free; to release
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はな (read as ぱな) : 14 words FIND ALL
leaving a device on (e.g. TV, air conditioner); leaving something engaged (e.g. a key in a lock)  (see also: っぱなし; often written with kana only)
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はな (read as ばな) : 5 words FIND ALL
1. without holding on; without using the hands; letting go one's hold
2. lack of reserve; lack of restraint; openly
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: 4 words FIND ALL
'ku' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to let loose (e.g. a fart)  (often written with kana only)
2. to utter (e.g. a lie)  (often written with kana only; vulgar expression or word)
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Henshall: 414 (originally: 391)  Joy o' Kanji : 391  Key to Kanji: 963 

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ホウ   はな    はな to let go   はなれる to get free of   ほう to throw (away)   
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ホウ   かた way, direction   
ぼく strike   
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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.