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競 means 'compete'

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Strokes : 20    Frequency: 599   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-4    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 39    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 69 words   Used in 160 words   Used in 96 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   キョウ   ケイ
   きそ    to compete
Kun    くらべる
Name    かい   わたなべ
The doubled element exists as a rare kanji.
⿰  ⿱   stand   elder brother; brother  ⿱   stand   elder brother; brother  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 競 is used 8 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 競 is used 154 times, read 5 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.
キョウ : 109 words FIND ALL
1. competition; contest
2. to compete
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ケイ : 12 words FIND ALL
horse racing
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くらべる : 17 words FIND ALL
children's game in which (at least three) people stand back to back to each other and shove vigorously backwards  (see also: 押し競べ; abbreviation)
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(read as せり) : 7 words FIND ALL
auction hall; auction site; place where auctions take place
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'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
to struggle for; to compete with; to vie with
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きそ : 3 words FIND ALL
'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to compete with
2. to emulate
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(read as ぜ) : 1 word FIND ALL
1. skirmish; brush (with the enemy); small fight with a military enemy
2. squabble; quarrel; brief argument; exchange of words
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Henshall: 487 (originally: 463)  Joy o' Kanji : 463  Key to Kanji: 207 

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キョウ   ケイ   きそ    せ to compete   
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リツ   リュウ   た to stand   たてる to build   
ケイ   キョウ   elder brother; brother   あに elder brother   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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