8 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
embrace, hug, hold in arms
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
871 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 抱負 【ホウフ】 aspiration, ambition, plan, hopes, wishes
  • 抱擁 【ホウヨウ】 embrace, hug, holding in one's arms
  • 懐抱 【カイホウ】 bearing in mind (a thought, feeling, etc.), embrace, hug, holding in one's arms, bosom, (breast) pocket
  • 合抱 【ゴウホウ】 armful

Kun reading compounds

  • 抱く 【だく】 to hold in one's arms (e.g. a baby), to embrace, to hug, to have sex with, to make love to, to sleep with, to sit on (eggs), to brood
  • 抱く 【いだく】 to hold in one's arms (e.g. a baby), to embrace, to hug, to have (a thought or feeling), to hold, to harbour (suspicion, doubt, etc.), to harbor, to bear (a grudge, ill will, etc.), to entertain (hope, illusions, etc.), to cherish (e.g. an ambition)
  • 抱える 【かかえる】 to hold in one's arms, to carry in one's arms, to carry under one's arm, to hold (one's head) in one's hands, to have (problems, debts, etc.), to take on (a responsibility), to be burdened with (e.g. care of a family member), to have (children, etc.) to provide for, to employ, to have (on one's staff), to hire


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • abrazo
  • sostener en los brazos
  • abrazar


  • abraço
  • abraçar
  • segura em braços


  • prendre dans les bras
  • étreindre
  • embrasser
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