9 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
hold, have
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
119 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 持 【ジ】 draw (in go, poetry contest, etc.), tie
  • 持久 【ジキュウ】 endurance, persistence
  • 堅持 【ケンジ】 holding on to, sticking to
  • 護持 【ゴジ】 defend and maintain, support, protection

Kun reading compounds

  • 持つ 【もつ】 to hold (in one's hand), to take, to carry, to possess, to have, to own, to maintain, to keep, to last, to be durable, to keep, to survive, to take charge of, to be in charge of, to hold (meeting, etc.), to have (opportunity, etc.), to have "it", to have that special something, to be blessed with good luck
  • 持子 【もつご】 stone moroko (Pseudorasbora parva), topmouth gudgeon
  • 持てる 【もてる】 to be able to possess (hold, get, etc.), to be well liked, to be popular, to be pampered (spoiled, doted upon, etc.), to be welcomed, to endure (the tests of time, the elements, etc.), to last, possessed, held, rich, wealthy, affluent
  • 持てる者 【もてるもの】 (the) haves, those who have


Japanese names:
もち、 もつ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • duración
  • propiedad
  • cargo
  • sostener
  • mantener


  • segurar
  • ter


  • avoir
  • tenir
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