5 strokes
mouth, opening
seduce, call, send for, wear, put on, ride in, buy, eat, drink, catch (cold)
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1540 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 招請 【ショウセイ】 invitation
  • 召集 【ショウシュウ】 convening, calling together (e.g. parliament), call-up (for military service)

Kun reading compounds

  • 召す 【めす】 to call, to summon, to send for, to invite, to eat, to drink, to put on, to wear, to buy, to purchase, to take (a bath), to ride, to get in (a vehicle), to take, to catch (a cold), to put on (years), to get old, to strike one's fancy, to please one, to do, to commit seppuku, indicates respect


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
zhao4, shao4, zhao1
so, jo


  • seducir
  • citar
  • emplazar
  • comer
  • beber


  • seduzir
  • chamada
  • mandar chamar
  • usar
  • vestir
  • cavalgar em
  • pechinchar
  • comer
  • beber


  • faire venir à soi
  • appeler
  • inviter
  • prendre (bain)
  • porter (vêtements)
  • acheter
  • conduire
  • boire
  • manger
  • attraper (froid)
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