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調 means 'investigate'

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Strokes : 15    Frequency: 211   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-4    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 18    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 133 words   Used in 486 words   Used in 174 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   しらべる to investigate   ととの to be arranged, to be in order   ととのえる to adjust, tune
Kun    しら
Name    ぎ   つぎ
⿰   say; word   circumference  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 調 is used 29 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 調 is used 479 times, read 3 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.
チョウ : 447 words FIND ALL
investigation; examination; inquiry; enquiry; survey
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チョウ (read as じょう) : 3 words FIND ALL
1. (in Japan) 3rd note of the ancient chromatic scale (approx. E)  (see also: 十二律, 太簇)
2. (in gagaku) scale similar to the Dorian mode on E  (see also: 律旋, 六調子)
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しらべる : 19 words FIND ALL
3 0
noun, noun (suffix)
1. investigation; inspection; examination
2. tune; note; melody
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ととの : 8 words FIND ALL
'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
to be prepared; to be in order; to be put in order; to be arranged  (see also: 調う; polite (teineigo) language)
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しらべる (read as しらべ) : 2 words FIND ALL
interrogation room; interview room; sweatbox
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Henshall: 369 (originally: 348)  Joy o' Kanji : 348  Key to Kanji: 754 

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チョウ   しらべる to investigate   ととの to be arranged, to be in order   ととのえる to adjust, tune   
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シュウ   まわ circumference   
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ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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ゲン   ゴン   say; word   こと word, saying   い to say   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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