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通 means 'pass through'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 86   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-3    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 7    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 306 words   Used in 896 words   Used in 1996 names   Component in 3 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ツ   ツウ
   とお to pass through   とお to let pass   かよ to commute
Kun    とお   -とお   -どお   とお   -どお
Name    とん   どうし   どおり   みち
⿺   () move   use your ma  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 通 is used 45 times, read 4 ways (with 2 variations).
Across all words in Japanese, 通 is used 873 times, read 4 ways (with 4 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.
ツウ : 675 words FIND ALL
1. general; ordinary; usual
2. normally; generally; usually
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ツ : 6 words FIND ALL
all-night vigil over a body; wake  (see also: 御通夜)
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とお : 112 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to go by; to go past; to go along; to travel along; to pass through; to use (a road); to take (a route); to go via; to go by way of
2. to run (between); to operate (between); to connect  (of public transport)
(click the word to view an additional 12 meanings and 3 forms, examples and links)
とお (read as どお) : 52 words FIND ALL
noun (suffix)
1. in accordance with; following
2. roughly; about
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かよ : 22 words FIND ALL
'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to go to and from (a place); to go back and forth between; to run between (e.g. bus, train, etc.); to ply between
2. to go to (school, work, etc.); to attend; to commute; to frequent
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かよ (read as がよ) : 3 words FIND ALL
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi)
course of medical treatment; under-the-doctor
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どおし: 2 words. FIND ALL
(railway) cutting; excavation; sunken road; opencut
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ずう: 1 word. FIND ALL
1. lending (money); finance
2. adaptability; versatility; flexibility; accommodation
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Henshall: 193 (originally: 176)  Joy o' Kanji : 176  Key to Kanji: 762 

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ツ   ツウ   とお to pass through   とお to let pass   かよ to commute   
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use your ma
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ヨウ   もちいる to use   
katakana 'ma'
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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.