7 strokes
instant, namely, as is, conform, agree, adapt
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1167 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 即 【ソク】 instantly, immediately, at once, equals, means, is, oneness (of two opposing things), inseparability
  • 即位 【ソクイ】 accession to the throne, enthronement
  • 相即 【ソウソク】 coming together and dissolving into oneness, being closely related, being inseparable
  • 即即 【ソクソク】 immediate sex (without taking a shower first)

Kun reading compounds

  • 就く 【つく】 to take (seat, position, course, office, etc.), to assume, to be hired, to be employed, to ascend (the throne), to accede, to start (on a journey), to commence, to depart, to study (under teacher), to be an apprentice
  • 就ける 【つける】 to install (a king, emperor, etc.), to appoint (to a post), to promote, to assign (to study under)
  • 即ち 【すなわち】 that is (to say), namely, i.e., precisely, exactly, just, nothing but, neither more nor less, (and) then


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • a la vez
  • sino
  • enseguida
  • es decir


  • instante
  • a saber
  • como está
  • comformar-se
  • concordar
  • adaptar-se


  • instantané
  • c'est-à-dire
  • en l'état
  • se conformer
  • être d'accord
  • être adapté
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