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To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
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Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
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  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
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  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
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賢 means 'wise'

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Strokes : 16    Frequency: 1487   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Challenge set: 8    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 52    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 24 words   Used in 49 words   Used in 632 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   かしこ wise
Kun    さかしい sagacious, intelligent
Name    かた   さか   さと   さとし   たか   たて   のり   まこと   まさ   まさる
⿱   hard   shellfish  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 賢 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 賢 is used 49 times, read 3 ways (with 3 variations).
ケン : 34 words FIND ALL
wisdom; intelligence; prudence
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ケン (read as げん) : 4 words FIND ALL
Samantabhadra (bodhisattva); Universal Compassion
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かしこ : 4 words FIND ALL
wise; clever; smart
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さかしい (read as さか) : 4 words FIND ALL
1. sakaki (species of evergreen sacred to Shinto, Cleyera japonica)
2. evergreen (esp. one planted or used at a shrine)
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かしこ (read as がしこ) : 2 words FIND ALL
cunning; crafty; wily; sly
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さかしい (read as ざか) : 1 word FIND ALL
clever; shrewd; crafty; cunning; pretentious; impertinent; insolent
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Henshall: 1221  Joy o' Kanji : 1221  Key to Kanji:

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ケン   かしこ wise   
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かた hard   
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シン   ジン    subject, retainer   
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また again   
かい shellfish   
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katakana 'ha'; eight
ボク   モク   eye   ま-    め    
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.