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要 means 'need'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 153   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-3    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 17    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 119 words   Used in 397 words   Used in 211 names   Component in 5 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ヨウ
Kun
   to need   かなめ pivotal point
Name    とし
⿱   (西) west   woman; female  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 要 is used 25 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 要 is used 391 times, read 3 ways.
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ヨウ : 377 words FIND ALL
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1. necessary; needed; essential; indispensable  (必用 can imply has to be used rather than is just needed)
noun
2. necessity; need; requirement
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かなめ : 5 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. pivot
2. vital point; cornerstone; keystone
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Most common form: いる
'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
to need; to want  (often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 623 (originally: 593)  Joy o' Kanji : 593  Key to Kanji: 1042 

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ヨウ   い to need   かなめ pivotal point   
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ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
west
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