14 strokes
increase, add, augment, gain, promote
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
231 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 増 【ゾウ】 increase
  • 増加 【ゾウカ】 increase, rise, growth, addition, increment
  • 激増 【ゲキゾウ】 sharp increase, sudden rise
  • 累増 【ルイゾウ】 successive or progressive increases, cumulative increase

Kun reading compounds

  • 増す 【ます】 to increase, to grow
  • 益々 【ますます】 increasingly, more and more, decreasingly (when declining), less and less
  • 増し 【まし】 better, preferable, less objectionable, least-worst, more, increase, extra, increase, growth
  • 況して 【まして】 still more, to say nothing of, not to mention, still less
  • 増える 【ふえる】 to increase, to multiply
  • 増やす 【ふやす】 to increase, to add to, to augment


Japanese names:
まし、 ます
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • incremento
  • aumento
  • aumentar
  • incrementar
  • agregar
  • añadir


  • aumentar
  • somar
  • ganhar
  • promover


  • augmenter
  • ajouter
  • accroissement
  • gain
  • promouvoir
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