8 strokes
ten, complete
graduate, soldier, private, die
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
772 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 卒 【ソツ】 low-ranking soldier, graduation, moving on (from), outgrowing (something), low-ranking samurai (1870-1872), death (of a noble, etc.)
  • 卒業 【ソツギョウ】 graduation, completion (of a course), moving on (from), outgrowing (something), leaving (a group, company, etc.), quitting
  • 中卒 【チュウソツ】 having graduated from junior high school (as one's highest completed level of education), having completed no schooling beyond junior high school, middle school graduate
  • 大卒 【ダイソツ】 university graduate, having graduated from university

Kun reading compounds

  • 卒する 【そっする】 to die, to pass away
  • 終える 【おえる】 to finish, to graduate
  • 終わる 【おわる】 to end, to come to an end, to finish, to close, to be over, to finish, to complete, to conclude, to finish doing, to be past its (one's) prime, to be awful, to be terrible, to suck, to be hopeless


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
zu2, cu4


  • graduación
  • soldado raso


  • soldado
  • particular
  • dados


  • fin d'études
  • soldat
  • privé
  • mourir
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