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方 means 'way'

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Strokes : 4    Radical number: 70    Frequency: 33   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-2    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 6    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 92 words   Used in 808 words   Used in 1465 names   Component in 132 kanji (20 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   かた way, direction
Kun    -がた
Name    から   な   なた   ふさ   まさ   みち   も   わ
See how the radical in kanji such as (333: family) and (410: travel) defies all expectations in terms of both meaning and shape.
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 方 is used 47 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations). 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 方 is used 748 times, read 2 ways (with 5 variations). 3 words use a non-standard reading.
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 : 488 words FIND ALL
method; process; manner; way; means; technique
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ホウ (read as ぽう) : 59 words FIND ALL
1. one (esp. of two); the other; one way; the other way; one direction; the other direction; one side; the other side; one party; the other party
2. on the one hand; on the other hand  (see also: 他方)
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ホウ (read as ぼう) : 2 words FIND ALL
3 0
1. three sides
2. small offering stand
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かた : 162 words FIND ALL
way; method; means; resource; course
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かた (read as がた) : 32 words FIND ALL
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
evening; dusk  (see also: 明け方)
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なた: 1 word. FIND ALL
faraway; far-off
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も: 1 word. FIND ALL
talk about various topics
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Part of a non-standard reading: 3 words. FIND ALL
1. (one's) whereabouts
2. outcome
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Henshall: 223 (originally: 204)  Joy o' Kanji : 204  Key to Kanji: 964 

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ホウ   かた way, direction   
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