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研 means 'sharpen'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 546   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Challenge set: 7    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 13    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 83 words   Used in 167 words   Used in 718 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ケン
Kun
   to sharpen, to whet
Kun    みが to sharpen
Name    のり
  
⿰   stone   start; initiate  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 研 is used 6 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 研 is used 165 times, read 3 ways.
ケン : 149 words FIND ALL
study; research; investigation
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'gu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to sharpen; to hone; to whet; to grind
2. to wash (rice)  (esp. 磨ぐ)
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みが : 2 words FIND ALL
'ku' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to polish; to shine; to brush (e.g. teeth)
2. to refine; to improve
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Henshall: 290 (originally: 272)  Joy o' Kanji : 272  Key to Kanji: 278 

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ケン   と to sharpen, to whet   
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start, initiate   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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twenty; two hands   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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stick   
セキ   シャク   コク   いし stone   
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whereupon one
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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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.
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