9 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
stimulate, urge, press, demand, incite
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
998 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 促進 【ソクシン】 promotion, acceleration, encouragement, facilitation, spurring on
  • 促成 【ソクセイ】 promotion of growth
  • 督促 【トクソク】 urge, demand, importunity
  • 矢の催促 【ヤノサイソク】 strongly and repeatedly urging (demanding, requesting, pressing)

Kun reading compounds

  • 促す 【うながす】 to urge, to encourage, to press, to prompt, to draw (attention to), to stimulate (e.g. growth), to hasten (e.g. development), to quicken, to accelerate, to promote


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • apremiar
  • urgir


  • estimular
  • desejo
  • imprensa
  • demanda
  • incitar


  • stimuler
  • encourager
  • pousser à
  • inciter
  • demander
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1109 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
444 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1209 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1049 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1557 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1659 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1170 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
99 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
118 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
78 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
87 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1288 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
664 Morohashi
103 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
212 New Nelson (John Haig)
1280 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1373 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1230 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2170 2001 Kanji
2a7.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-7 SKIP code
2628.1 Four corner code
1-34-05 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4fc3 Unicode hex code