8 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
broaden, extend, expand, enlarge
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
611 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 拡充 【カクジュウ】 expansion
  • 拡散 【カクサン】 spreading, disseminating, scattering, diffusion (of light, gas)
  • 軍拡 【グンカク】 military expansion, arms buildup

Kun reading compounds

  • 広がる 【ひろがる】 to spread (out), to extend, to stretch, to reach to, to get around, to fill (e.g. a space)
  • 広げる 【ひろげる】 to spread, to extend, to expand, to enlarge, to widen, to broaden, to unfold, to open, to unroll, to unwrap, to scatter about, to spread around, to make flourish, to cause to prosper


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
hwag, gwang


  • ensanchar
  • expandir
  • extender
  • aumentar
  • ampliar


  • alargar
  • extender
  • expandir


  • élargir
  • étendre
  • développer
  • agrandir
747 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
835 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
820 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
625 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1876 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
776 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
567 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
799 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1113 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1165 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
768 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
870 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
366 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
229 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
273 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
748 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
11985P Morohashi
309 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2118 New Nelson (John Haig)
740 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
801 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
860 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1371 2001 Kanji
3c5.25 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-5 SKIP code
5003.2 Four corner code
1-19-40 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
62e1 Unicode hex code