7 strokes
power, force
encourage, be diligent, inspire
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1254 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 励起 【レイキ】 (electrical) excitation
  • 励起状態 【レイキジョウタイ】 excited state
  • 精励 【セイレイ】 diligence, industry, assiduity, hard work
  • 刻苦精励 【コックセイレイ】 being arduous, working diligently enduring hardships, making a strenuous effort

Kun reading compounds

  • 励む 【はげむ】 to work hard, to try hard, to strive, to endeavour, to endeavor, to devote oneself to, to make an effort, to be zealous
  • 励ます 【はげます】 to encourage, to cheer on, to cheer (someone) up, to raise (one's voice)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • aliento
  • estímulo
  • esfuerzo
  • diligencia
  • alentar
  • estimular
  • esforzarse
  • ser diligente


  • encorajar
  • estar diligente
  • inspirar


  • encourager
  • être appliqué
  • pousser à
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