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直 means 'honest'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 216   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-5    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 18    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 261 words   Used in 491 words   Used in 1272 names   Component in 13 kanji (4 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   チョク   ジキ
   honest; direct   ただちに immediately   なお to correct   なお to be cured
On    ジカ
Kun    なお   す
Name    すぐ   のう   のお
⿱   ten  ⿺  𠃊 shelf   eye  
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 truth   govern  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 直 is used 25 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 直 is used 460 times, read 6 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.
チョク : 231 words FIND ALL
'na' adjective, adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), 'no' adjective
direct; immediate; personal; firsthand  (see also: 間接)
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チョク (read as ちょっ) : 52 words FIND ALL
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ジキ : 39 words FIND ALL
1. honesty; integrity; frankness
2. honestly; frankly
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ジカ : 12 words FIND ALL
directly; in person; firsthand  (often written with kana only)
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なお : 106 words FIND ALL
'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to cure; to heal  (usu. 治す)
2. to fix; to correct; to repair  (usu. 直す)
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ただちに : 9 words FIND ALL
at once; immediately; directly; in person; automatically
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: 9 words FIND ALL
1. straight (ahead); direct; upright; erect  (often written with kana only)
2. straightforward; honest; frank  (often written with kana only)
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(read as すぐ) : 2 words FIND ALL
straight road; short cut
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Henshall: 192 (originally: 349)  Joy o' Kanji : 349  Key to Kanji: 758 

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チョク   ジキ    honest; direct   ただちに immediately   なお to correct   なお to be cured   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ボク   モク   eye   ま-    め    
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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.