12 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
equip, provision, preparation
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
356 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 備蓄 【ビチク】 stockpile, reserves, storing, stocking up, laying in (supplies)
  • 備考 【ビコウ】 note (for reference), remarks, N.B.
  • 配備 【ハイビ】 deployment, disposition, posting, stationing
  • 無防備 【ムボウビ】 defenseless, defenceless, unprotected, vulnerable

Kun reading compounds

  • 備える 【そなえる】 to furnish with, to equip with, to provide, to install, to prepare for, to make preparations for, to make provision for, to possess (all that is needed), to be endowed with, to be equipped with, to be born with, to have since birth
  • 備わる 【そなわる】 to be furnished with, to be provided with, to be equipped with, to be possessed of, to be endowed with, to be gifted with, to be among, to be one of
  • 具に 【つぶさに】 in detail, with great care, completely, fully


Japanese names:
びっ、 びん
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • equipar
  • aprovisionar
  • preparación
  • preparativo
  • proveer
  • preparar
  • estar dotado de
  • estar surtido


  • equipe
  • provisão
  • preparação


  • équiper
  • préparation
  • approvisionnement
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332 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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768 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
782 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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124 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
165 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
109 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
126 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1191 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
967 Morohashi
146 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
284 New Nelson (John Haig)
1183 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1267 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
201 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
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