10 strokes
accompany, obey, submit to, comply, follow, secondary, incidental, subordinate
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
601 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 従 【ジュウ】 subordinate, secondary, junior, incidental
  • 従業員 【ジュウギョウイン】 employee, worker
  • 専従 【センジュウ】 working exclusively for, working full-time (for)
  • 侍従 【ジジュウ】 chamberlain
  • 従容 【ショウヨウ】 calm, composed, tranquil
  • 従容自若 【ショウヨウジジャク】 having presence of mind, imperturbable, calm and self-possessed, with serenity
  • 追従 【ツイショウ】 flattery, sycophancy, adulation
  • 阿諛追従 【アユツイショウ】 excessive flattery, adulation
  • 従 【ジュ】 lesser (of equal court ranks), lower, junior
  • 従 【ジュウ】 subordinate, secondary, junior, incidental
  • 類聚 【ルイジュウ】 collection of similar objects, classification by similarity

Kun reading compounds

  • 従う 【したがう】 to obey (an order, law, etc.), to abide by (a rule, custom, etc.), to follow, to observe, to conform to, to yield to, to follow (a person), to accompany, to go with, to go alongside (e.g. a river), to follow (e.g. a sign), to serve (as), to engage in (work)
  • 従える 【したがえる】 to be accompanied by, to be attended by, to take along (someone), to conquer, to subjugate, to subdue


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • seguir
  • obedecer
  • doblegar


  • acompanhar
  • obedecer
  • submeter a
  • concordar
  • seguir
  • subordinado
  • acidental
  • secundário


  • accompagner
  • obéir
  • se soumettre à
  • se conformer à
  • suivre
  • s'ensuivre
  • secondaire
  • accessoire
  • subordonné
808 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
902 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
891 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
727 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1613 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
673 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1281 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1050 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1482 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1579 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
642 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
628 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
498 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
309 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
376 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
886 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10133 Morohashi
415 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1745 New Nelson (John Haig)
877 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
942 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
329 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
903 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2070 2001 Kanji
3i7.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-7 SKIP code
2828.1 Four corner code
1-29-30 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5f93 Unicode hex code