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To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
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Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
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  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
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The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
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留 means 'detain'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 768   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-18    Grade: 5   Intermediate lesson: 31    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 61 words   Used in 204 words   Used in 1408 names   Component in 13 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ル   リュウ
   める to detain   まる to stop
Kun    るうぶる   とどめる   とどまる
Name    とめ
Top element appears as 𠂎 in many fonts
Origin of hiragana る
⿱   hare   rice field  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 留 is used 9 times, read 4 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 留 is used 195 times, read 4 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.
リュウ : 101 words FIND ALL
studying abroad (usu. at university level)
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ル : 18 words FIND ALL
1. absence; being away from home
2. house-sitting; house-sitter
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める : 37 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, transitive verb
to bring down (a bird); to kill
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める (read as ど) : 19 words FIND ALL
French knot
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める (read as とめ) : 11 words FIND ALL
1. registered mail  (see also: 書留郵便; abbreviation)
2. registration (e.g. of mail); writing down; putting on record; recording; making a note of
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とどめる : 9 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to remain; to abide; to stay (in the one place)  (often written with kana only)
2. to be limited to; to be confined to  (often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 824 (originally: 805)  Joy o' Kanji : 805  Key to Kanji: 1065 

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ル   リュウ   とめる to detain   とまる to stop   
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hare   う sign of the hare   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
high-priced, lofty   
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side open box
デン   た rice field   
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