コウ, ひか.える, ひか.え
withdraw, draw in, hold back, refrain from, be moderate
JLPT1 G7 S11 F1000
As per 空# (emptiness) + 手 hand/action indicator → create space between two points, objects or people → *hold back*; *draw in* → *refrain*; *wait*; *await*; *keep from* (← hold back) → *be near at hand*. *Copy/write down*, *note*, *memo* and *a duplicate* are borrowed meanings.
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