Perform

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JLPT: N3

School Grade: 5th (10 years old)

This character is a combination of 氵 the water radical and 寅 a non-general use character that is currently used to refer to the sign of the tiger. Originally, though, 寅 meant “straighten an arrow,” and had come by association to mean “lengthen/extend.” This combined with 氵 gave “long/ extensive river,” but over time the “river” part of the meaning faded out, giving just “extensive.” This meaning then led to derived meanings such as “extended performance.”