5 strokes
power, force
add, addition, increase, join, include, Canada
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
130 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 加 【カ】 addition, Canada
  • 加圧 【カアツ】 increasing pressure
  • 添加 【テンカ】 addition, annexing
  • 倍加 【バイカ】 doubling, marked increase, multiplying, redoubling

Kun reading compounds

  • 加える 【くわえる】 to add, to add up, to sum up, to append, to annex, to increase, to gather (e.g. speed), to pick up, to include, to count in, to let join, to inflict (damage), to deal, to give
  • 加わる 【くわわる】 to be added to, to be appended, to join in (e.g. a group of friends), to participate, to increase (e.g. heat), to gain in (e.g. influence), to grow, to gather (speed), to be applied (e.g. heat, pressure), to be exerted


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • agregar
  • añadir
  • incrementar
  • Canadá
  • sumar
  • unirse


  • somar
  • adição
  • aumento
  • unir
  • incluir
  • Canadá


  • ajouter
  • addition
  • augmentation
  • rejoindre
  • inclure
  • Canada
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