窮 means 'reach an extreme'

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Strokes : 15    Frequency: 1794   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Challenge set: 14    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 34 words   Used in 52 words   Used in 3 names   Not used as a component
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,
⿱   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
きわまる : 10 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to carry to extremes; to go to the end of something  (esp. 極める, 窮める)
2. to investigate thoroughly; to master  (esp. 究める)
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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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ハチ   katakana 'ha'; eight   や    よう eight   
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