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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
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • 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)
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
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The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
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  • Try to draw the component as it appears in the kanji you're looking up
  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
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連 means 'take'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 131   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-2    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 16    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 286 words   Used in 581 words   Used in 733 names   Component in 9 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   れる to take, to lead   つらねる to line up   つらなる to extend
Kun    -づ
Name    ずれ   つれ   むらじ   れ
⿺   () move   car  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 連 is used 31 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 連 is used 566 times, read 3 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.
レン : 517 words FIND ALL
1. to contact; to get in touch  (see also: ご連絡)
2. contacting; getting in touch; communication; call; message  (see also: ご連絡)
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れる : 26 words FIND ALL
companion; company
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れる (read as づ) : 10 words FIND ALL
party of two
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つらねる : 8 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to extend; to stretch out; to stand in a row
2. to attend; to participate in
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れる (read as つれ) : 3 words FIND ALL
dance done by two persons or more  (see also: 相舞)
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れ: 1 word. FIND ALL
Spanish broom (Spartium junceum)  (often written with kana only; originally from spa 'retama')
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むらじ: 1 word. FIND ALL
Muraji (hereditary title; orig. one of the two highest such titles, later demoted to seventh highest of eight)  (archaic)
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Henshall: 637 (originally: 607)  Joy o' Kanji : 607  Key to Kanji: 1089 

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レン   つれる to take, to lead   つらねる to line up   つらなる to extend   
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シャ   くるま car   
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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.