4 strokes
pull, tug, jerk, admit, install, quote, refer to
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N3
218 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 引用 【インヨウ】 quotation, citation, reference
  • 引退 【インタイ】 retirement
  • 誘引 【ユウイン】 enticement, inducement, attraction
  • 吸引 【キュウイン】 absorption, suction, aspiration, attraction, draw

Kun reading compounds

  • 引く 【ひく】 to pull, to tug, to lead (e.g. a horse), to draw (attention, sympathy, etc.), to attract (e.g. interest), to draw back (e.g. one's hand), to draw in (one's chin, stomach, etc.), to pull in, to draw (a card, mahjong tile, etc.), to draw (a line, plan, etc.), to catch (a cold), to play (a stringed or keyboard instrument), to look up (in a dictionary, phone book, etc.), to consult, to check, to haul, to pull (vehicles), to subtract, to deduct, to recede, to ebb, to fade, to be descend from, to inherit (a characteristic), to quote, to cite, to raise (as evidence), to lay on (electricity, gas, etc.), to install (e.g. a telephone), to supply (e.g. water), to hold (e.g. a note), to apply (e.g. lipstick), to oil (e.g. a pan), to wax (e.g. a floor), to move back, to draw back, to recede, to lessen, to subside, to ebb, to go down (e.g. of swelling), to resign, to retire, to quit
  • 引く手 【ひくて】 admirer, inducer
  • 引ける 【ひける】 to close, to be over, to break up (e.g. school), to lose one's nerve, to feel daunted


Japanese names:
いな、 ひき、 ひけ、 びき
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • tirar
  • remolcar
  • retroceder
  • ser guiado
  • arrastrar
  • tocar (instrumento de cuerda)


  • puxar
  • rebocar
  • sacudir
  • permitir
  • instalar
  • citação
  • referir-se


  • tirer
  • admettre
  • installer
  • citation
  • référence
  • jouer (musique)
  • attraper (froid)
156 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
81 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
77 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
238 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1562 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
271 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
167 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
144 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.2 Japanese for Busy People
216 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
216 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
257 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
605 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
207 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
133 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
160 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1240 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
9699 Morohashi
181 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1681 New Nelson (John Haig)
1232 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1318 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
263 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
87 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3554 2001 Kanji
3h1.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-1 SKIP code
1220.0 Four corner code
1-16-90 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5f15 Unicode hex code