窮 means 'reach an extreme'

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Strokes : 15    Frequency: 1794   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-32    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 35 words   Used in 52 words   Used in 3 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   きわまる to reach an extreme   きわめる to go to extremes
On    キョウ
Kun    きわまり   きわ
Lower element exists as a rare kanji, (body; self)
⿱   hole  ⿰   body   bow  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 窮 is used 5 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 窮 is used 52 times, read 2 ways.
キュウ : 42 words FIND ALL
poverty; distress
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きわまる : 10 words FIND ALL
expression, adverb
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An additional きわ.める less common words include 窮 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1152  Joy o' Kanji : 1152  Key to Kanji:

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キュウ   きわまる to reach an extreme   きわめる to go to extremes   
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シン   み body, person   
キュウ   ゆみ a bow   
ケツ   あな hole   
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katakana 'ha'; eight
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