15 strokes
thumb, inch
guidance, leading, conduct, usher
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
354 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 導入 【ドウニュウ】 introduction, bringing in, installation, setting up, importation, introduction (to a story, lecture, etc.), introductory part
  • 導火線 【ドウカセン】 fuse
  • 主導 【シュドウ】 leadership, initiative, spearhead
  • 超伝導 【チョウデンドウ】 superconductivity, super-conductivity

Kun reading compounds

  • 導く 【みちびく】 to guide, to lead, to show the way, to conduct, to derive, to deduce


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
dao3, dao4


  • guía
  • enseñanza
  • conductor
  • guiar
  • ser guiado


  • orientação
  • conduzindo
  • conduta
  • organizador


  • directives
  • mener
  • guider
  • conduire
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