5 strokes
pressure, push, overwhelm, oppress, dominate
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
718 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 圧 【アツ】 pressure, force
  • 圧力 【アツリョク】 pressure, stress, pressure (e.g. political), coercion, arm-twisting
  • 高圧 【コウアツ】 high voltage, high pressure
  • 外圧 【ガイアツ】 external pressure, outside pressure, foreign pressure
  • 圧状 【オウジョウ】 document written under duress, coercion

Kun reading compounds

  • 押す 【おす】 to push, to press, to apply pressure from above, to press down, to stamp (i.e. a passport), to apply a seal, to affix (e.g. gold leaf), to press (someone for something), to urge, to compel, to influence, to overwhelm, to overpower, to repress, to push (events along), to advance (a plan), to do in spite of ..., to do even though ..., to force, to make sure, to be pressed for time, to advance troops, to attack, (of light) to be diffused across an entire surface
  • 圧す 【へす】 to dent, to press, to push


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ya1, ya4


  • presión
  • opresión


  • pressão
  • empurrar
  • inundar
  • oprimir
  • dominar


  • pression
  • pousser
  • submerger
  • oppresser
  • dominer
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