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  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
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極 means 'extreme'

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Strokes : 12    Frequency: 616   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-5    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 39    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 129 words   Used in 284 words   Used in 267 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   キョク   ゴク
   extreme, end, pole   きわめる to carry to its end   きわまる to reach an extreme   きわまり extremity
Kun    きわ   きめる   -ぎ   きまる
⿰   tree   reach the mouth again  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 極 is used 12 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 極 is used 274 times, read 5 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.
キョク : 175 words FIND ALL
extreme; extremity
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ゴク : 55 words FIND ALL
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1. Sukhavati (Amitabha's Pure Land)  (see also: 阿弥陀; Buddhist term)
2. paradise
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キョク (read as きょっ) : 3 words FIND ALL
capital punishment; extreme penalty; ultimate punishment
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ゴク (read as ごっ) : 1 word FIND ALL
intense cold; mid-winter
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きわめる : 23 words FIND ALL
exceedingly; extremely; decisively
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める : 13 words FIND ALL
arm-barring force out; locking arms around an opponent and pushing him out of the ring  (sumo term)
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-ぎ (read as ぎ) : 4 words FIND ALL
by the day; daily  (see also: 月極)
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Henshall: 488 (originally: 464)  Joy o' Kanji : 464  Key to Kanji: 224 

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キョク   ゴク    extreme, end, pole   きわめる to carry to its end   きわまる to reach an extreme   きわまり extremity   
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モク   ボク   き    こ- tree   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
reach the mouth again
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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また again   
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