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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 用 (もちいる) – use
Henshall Mnemonic: use fence
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #107 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  •   [よう]
    (n,n-suf) task; business; use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようい]
    (n,vs) preparation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようじ]
    (n) tasks; things to do   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りよう]
    (n,vs) use; utilization; application   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [いんよう]
    (n) quotation; citation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かつよう]
    (n,vs) conjugation; practical use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きよう]
    (adj-na,n) skillful; handy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 使   [しよう]
    (n,vs) use; application; employment; utilization   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんよう]
    (n,vs) confidence; dependence; credit; faith; reliance; belief; credence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てきよう]
    (n) applying   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひよう]
    (n) cost; expense   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • いる   [もちいる]
    (v1) to use; to make use of   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようじん]
    (n,vs) care; precaution; guarding; caution   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [おうよう]
    (n,vs) application; put to practical use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じつよう]
    (n) practical use; utility   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうよう]
    (n,vs) popular use; circulation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にちようひん]
    (n) daily necessities   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようご]
    (n) term; terminology   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようと]
    (n) use; usefulness   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [うんよう]
    (n,vs) making use of; application; investment; practical use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こよう]
    (n) employment (long term); hire   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうよう]
    (n) government business; public use; public expense   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいよう]
    (n) use; adopt   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さよう]
    (n) action; operation; effect; function   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 使   [しようにん]
    (n) employee; servant   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [あいよう]
    (adj-no,n,vs) favorite; habitual use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくよう]
    (n,vs) abuse; misuse; perversion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がようし]
    (n) drawing paper   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんようく]
    (n) idiomatic usage; common usage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きよう]
    (n) appointment; promotion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうよう]
    (n) urgent business   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうよう]
    (n) communal; common use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぐんよう]
    (adj-no,n) for military use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 稿   [げんこうようし]
    Japanese writing paper   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごようてい]
    (n) imperial villa   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうよう]
    (n) use; utility; effect; benefit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 使み   [しようずみ]
    second-hand; no longer used   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 使   [しようしゃ]
    (n) (1) user; consumer; (2) employer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 使   [しようりょう]
    (n) rent; hire   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じかよう]
    (n) for private or home use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じつようてき]
    (adj-na) practical   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうよう]
    (n,vs) expropriation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうよう]
    (n) on business; for business; business purpose   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうようしゃ]
    (n) automobile   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうよう]
    (n,vs) habitual use; daily use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうようかんじ]
    (n) kanji for common use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょくよう]
    (n) for use as food; edible   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんようきんこ]
    (n) credit union   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんようくみあい]
    (n) credit association   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かしだしよう]
    (n) circulation or lending (e.g. library books)   [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.