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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
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越 means 'surpass'

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Strokes : 12    Frequency: 554   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-14    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 27    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 30 words   Used in 177 words   Used in 2097 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
     える to surpass
On    オツ
Kun    -ご   -ご
Name    えち   えっ   お   こえ   こし   ごえ   ごし   ごや
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 越 - click the badge to download
If you want to outdistance others, beat them to the punch, defer work till later, move to Kawagoe, climb over a wall, cross a mountain, be promoted over your boss, or simply excel, you'll need 越. It's also useful for violating borders and walking all over people. Finally, 越 enables you to cross into a new year - if you've taken the proper measures to welcome the New Year's gods.
⿺   run   warrior  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 越 is used 5 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 越 is used 164 times, read 3 ways (with 6 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.
エツ : 43 words FIND ALL
1 1-0
bitter enemies (placed by fate) in the same boat  (yojijukugo)
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エツ (read as えっ) : 12 words FIND ALL
border transgression
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オツ : 2 words FIND ALL
alms-giver; person who donates to a monk or a temple; dana-pati
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: 64 words FIND ALL
'su' godan verb, intransitive verb
to move (house); to change residence
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(read as ご) : 33 words FIND ALL
noun (suffix)
1. across; over; beyond; through; crossing
2. throughout (a period of time); for
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(read as こし) : 5 words FIND ALL
Mitsukoshi (department store)
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ごえ: 1 word. FIND ALL
variety of sweet potato with red skin and sweet yellow flesh (product of the Kawagoe region)
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えち: 3 words. FIND ALL
Echigo; old name for Niigata Prefecture
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ごし: 1 word. FIND ALL
over center field (centre)
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Henshall: 1021  Joy o' Kanji : 1021  Key to Kanji: 47 

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エツ   こ    こえる to surpass   
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ソウ   はし run   
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spear; javelin
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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.