7 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
apply, answer, yes, OK, reply, accept
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
266 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 応 【オウ】 agreement, affirmative, aye, yes, OK, okay, yeah, all right
  • 応援 【オウエン】 aid, assistance, help, support, reinforcement, cheering, rooting (for), support
  • 呼応 【コオウ】 hailing each other, acting in concert, responding (to), sympathizing (with), agreement, concord
  • 饗応 【キョウオウ】 entertaining with food and drink, treating to dinner, wining and dining

Kun reading compounds

  • 応える 【こたえる】 to respond, to answer, to meet (e.g. demands, expectations), to affect, to take a toll, to strike home, to have an effect on, to be hard on someone (e.g. heat, cold, work, illness, etc.), to be a strain


Japanese names:
お、 たか、 まさ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ying1, ying4


  • contestar
  • responder
  • aceptar
  • apropiado
  • adecuado


  • Candidatar-se
  • resposta
  • sim
  • OK
  • aceitar


  • postuler
  • oui
  • OK
  • accepter
  • combler (satisfaire)
  • répondre
556 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
651 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
622 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
413 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1504 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
718 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
530 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
509 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
827 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
846 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1119 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
768 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3804 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1946 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2640 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
614 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10347P Morohashi
3066 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1789 New Nelson (John Haig)
607 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
653 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
362 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
663 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
558 2001 Kanji
3q4.2 The Kanji Dictionary
3-3-4 SKIP code
0023.0 Four corner code
1-17-94 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5fdc Unicode hex code