8 strokes (also 7)
long stride
prolong, stretching
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
747 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 延滞 【エンタイ】 arrears, (being) overdue, delay (e.g. in payment), procrastination
  • 延期 【エンキ】 postponement, deferment, adjournment
  • 熱延 【ネツエン】 hot rolling
  • 圧延 【アツエン】 rolling, extending by applying pressure

Kun reading compounds

  • 伸びる 【のびる】 to stretch, to extend, to lengthen, to grow (of hair, height, grass, etc.), to straighten out, to be flattened, to become smooth, to spread (of paint, cream, etc.), to stretch out (e.g. of a hand), to extend, to lose elasticity, to become slack, to become soggy (e.g. of noodles), to make progress, to develop, to expand, to increase, to improve, to be exhausted, to get groggy, to be stunned (by a blow), to pass out, to collapse, to be prolonged (of a meeting, life span, etc.), to be extended (e.g. of a deadline), to lengthen (e.g. of the days), to be postponed, to be delayed, to be put off
  • 延べる 【のべる】 to lay out (a futon), to make (bed), to spread out, to stretch, to widen, to postpone, to extend
  • 延べ 【のべ】 futures, credit (buying), stretching, total (preceding counter, unit, etc.), aggregate, gross
  • 延べ板 【のべいた】 hammered-out plates
  • 伸ばす 【のばす】 to grow long (e.g. hair, nails), to lengthen, to extend, to stretch, to reach out, to hold out, to straighten, to smooth out, to spread evenly (dough, cream, etc.), to dilute, to thin out, to postpone, to prolong, to strengthen, to develop, to expand


Japanese names:
たか、 のぶ、 のべ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • prolongar
  • alargar
  • aplazar
  • posponer
  • total
  • alargado
  • estirado
  • ensanchar
  • estirar


  • prolongar
  • esticar


  • prolonger
  • allonger
  • étendre
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