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明 means 'bright'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 74   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-3    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 7    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 181 words   Used in 606 words   Used in 3754 names   Component in 6 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   メイ   ミョウ
Kun
   かり light   あかるい bright   あかるむ to brighten   あからむ to become luminous (at dawn)   あきらか obvious   かす to lay bare    to open   ける to empty
Name
   あき
On    ミン
Kun    -あ   あくる
Name    あきら   あけ   あす   きら   け   さや   さやか   とし   はる   み   め
⿰   sun; day   month; moon  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 明 is used 47 times, read 5 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 明 is used 572 times, read 7 ways (with 1 variation).
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メイ : 364 words FIND ALL
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explanation; exposition
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ミョウ : 48 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. morning star; Venus  (see also: 金星)
2. preeminent person (within their own field); star (of the stage, silver screen, etc.)
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ミン : 6 words FIND ALL
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noun
Ming (dynasty of China, 1368-1644)
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かり : 110 words FIND ALL
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noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
1. tomorrow
2. near future  (this meaning is restricted to reading あす)
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あかるい : 29 words FIND ALL
0 3
1. bright; colourful
2. cheerful
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あきらか : 9 words FIND ALL
2
obvious; evident; clear; plain
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ける (read as あけ) : 4 words FIND ALL
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noun
dawn (sometimes esp. in ref. to the 16th day of the lunar month onward)  (see also: 夜明け)
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さや: 2 words. FIND ALL
clear; fresh; bright  (often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 228 (originally: 208)  Joy o' Kanji : 208  Key to Kanji: 1001 

Cascading kanji view

メイ   ミョウ   あかり light   あかるい bright   あかるむ to brighten   あからむ to become luminous (at dawn)   あきらか obvious   あかす to lay bare   あ to open   あける to empty   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
ガツ   ゲツ   つき month; moon   
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