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Kanji Information Sheet for 体  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
人 (ひと) – person
化 (カ, ケ, ば.ける, ば.かす, ふ.ける, け.する) – change; take the form of; influence; enchant; delude; -ization
个 (カ , コ, こ, ひ) – counter for articles; individual
Henshall Mnemonic: root of a person is the body
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #88 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [からだ]
    (n) (1) body; (2) health   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [だいたい]
    (n-adv,n-t) general; substantially; outline; main point   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [いったい]
    (adv,n) (1) one object; one body; (2) what on earth?; really?; (3) generally   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぐたい]
    (n) concrete; tangible; material   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じたい]
    (adv,n) itself   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんたい]
    (n) (1) body; (2) health   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうたい]
    (n) natural shape; one's true colors; true character; consciousness; senses   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんたい]
    (n-adv,n-t) whole; entirety; whatever (is the matter)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいいく]
    (n) physical education; gymnastics; athletics   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいおん]
    (n) temperature (body)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいじゅう]
    (n) one's body weight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だんたい]
    (n) organization; association   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [えきたい]
    (n) liquid; fluid   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きたい]
    (n) vapour; gas   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こたい]
    (n) an individual   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [したい]
    (n) corpse   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうたい]
    (adj-na,n) seriously ill; serious condition; critical state   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいけい]
    (n) system; organization   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいせい]
    (n) order; system; structure; set-up; organization   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいせき]
    (n) capacity; volume   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいそう]
    (n,vs) gymnastics; physical exercises; calisthenics   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんたい]
    (n) literary style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ない   [もったいない]
    (adj) (uk) too good; more than one deserves; wasteful; sacrilegious; unworthy of   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いたい]
    (n) corpse; remains   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいたい]
    (n,vs) dismantling   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がいかくだんたい]
    auxiliary organization   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きたい]
    (n) fuselage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょたい]
    (n) large build   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうどうたい]
    (n) cooperative body; cooperative system   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぐたいか]
    (n) embodiment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぐたいてき]
    (adj-na) concrete; tangible; definite   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごたい]
    (n) the whole body; limbs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうたい]
    (n) antibody   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくたい]
    (n) (1) national polity; (2) National Athletic Meet   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しにたい]
    (n) losing posture (sumo); hopeless situation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [したい]
    (n) limbs; members; body   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じちたい]
    (n) self-governing body; municipality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じったい]
    (n) substance; entity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃたい]
    (n) body (of car); frame   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゃくたい]
    (adj-na,n) weak (organization)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅたいてき]
    (adj-na) subjective   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょたい]
    (n) calligraphic style(s)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうたい]
    (n) upper part of the body   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんたい]
    (n) new style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんたいしょうがいしゃ]
    disabled person; physically handicapped person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいたい]
    (n) organism; living body   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんしょくたい]
    (n) chromosome   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんたい]
    (n) hull   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.