12 strokes
power, force
recruit, campaign, gather (contributions), enlist, grow violent
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
809 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 募集 【ボシュウ】 recruitment, invitation, selection, advertisement, taking applications, raising (funds, donations, etc.), collection, subscription, solicitation, flotation (of shares, loans, etc.)
  • 募金 【ボキン】 fund-raising, collection of funds
  • 公募 【コウボ】 public appeal (e.g. for contributions), public advertisement (of a post), open recruitment, public offering (of securities)
  • 急募 【キュウボ】 hurried recruitment, urgent recruitment

Kun reading compounds

  • 募る 【つのる】 to become stronger, to grow in intensity, to grow violent, to become worse, to invite contributions, etc., to solicit help, participation, etc., to recruit (e.g. soldiers)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • reclutar
  • requerir
  • recolectar


  • recrutar
  • campanha
  • juntar (contribuições)
  • alistar
  • ficar violento


  • recruter
  • mener une campagne
  • appel (contributions)
  • enrôler
  • devenir violent
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