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返 means 'return'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 263   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-6    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 20    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 69 words   Used in 258 words   Used in 92 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ヘン
Kun
   かえ to return, to come back   かえ to return (something)
⿺   () move   anti  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 返 is used 14 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 返 is used 247 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations).
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ヘン : 61 words FIND ALL
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reply; answer; response
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かえ : 149 words FIND ALL
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'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to return (something); to restore; to put back  (see also: 帰す; esp. 返す)
2. to turn over; to turn upside down; to overturn
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かえ (read as がえ) : 36 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. inside out; upside down
2. flip side; opposite; contrary; reverse
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かえ (read as かえり) : 1 word FIND ALL
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noun
return value (from a function, in programming)
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Henshall: 412 (originally: 389)  Joy o' Kanji : 389  Key to Kanji: 949 

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ヘン   かえ to return, to come back   かえ to return (something)   
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ハン   ホン   タン    anti-   そらす to bend, to warp   そ to be warped, curved   
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また again   
cliff
move
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