8 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
use, send on a mission, order, messenger, envoy, ambassador, cause
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
219 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 使 【シ】 messenger, police and judicial chief (Heian and Kamakura periods), klesha (polluting thoughts such as greed, hatred and delusion, which result in suffering)
  • 使用 【シヨウ】 use, application, employment, utilization, utilisation
  • 特使 【トクシ】 special envoy
  • 実力行使 【ジツリョクコウシ】 use of force

Kun reading compounds

  • 使う 【つかう】 to use (a tool, method, etc.), to make use of, to put to use, to use (a person, animal, puppet, etc.), to employ, to handle, to manage, to manipulate, to use (time, money, etc.), to spend, to consume, to use (language), to speak
  • 使い 【つかい】 errand, mission, going as envoy, messenger, bearer, errand boy, errand girl, familiar spirit, use, usage, user, trainer, tamer, charmer
  • 使い道 【つかいみち】 purpose, utility, objective, way to use something
  • オズの魔法使い 【オズのまほうつかい】 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (novel by L. F. Baum, 1900), The Wizard of Oz (film, 1939)
  • 春の使い 【はるのつかい】 Japanese bush warbler, messenger of spring


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
shi3, shi4


  • usar
  • manejar
  • emplear


  • Uso
  • usar


  • utiliser
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