6 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
responsibility, duty, term, entrust to, appoint
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
217 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 任 【ニン】 obligation, duty, charge, responsibility
  • 任意 【ニンイ】 optional, voluntary, arbitrary, random, discretionary, facultative, spontaneous, any, arbitrary
  • 再任 【サイニン】 reappointment
  • 在任 【ザイニン】 being in office

Kun reading compounds

  • 任せる 【まかせる】 to leave (a matter, decision, etc. to someone), to entrust (to someone), to entrust (someone) with, to leave (to chance, one's imagination, etc.), to let (take its own course), to let (happen), to give (oneself to something), to use (money, strength, spare time, etc.) to the full, to use freely, to use without reserve
  • 任す 【まかす】 to entrust (to someone), to leave (in someone's hands)


Japanese names:
さ、 とう、 ひで
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ren4, ren2


  • responsabilidad
  • deber
  • confiar a
  • dejar a cargo de


  • responsabilidade
  • dever
  • termo
  • confiar para
  • nomear


  • responsabilité
  • devoir
  • terme
  • confier à
  • nommer
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414 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
307 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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334 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
334 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
639 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
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57 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
37 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
38 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1012 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
416 Morohashi
53 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
136 New Nelson (John Haig)
1003 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1078 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
349 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
662 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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1-2-4 SKIP code
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4efb Unicode hex code