11 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
hang, suspend, depend, arrive at, tax, pour
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
1027 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 掛留 【ケイリュウ】 music suspension

Kun reading compounds

  • 掛ける 【かける】 to hang up (e.g. a picture on the wall), to let hang, to suspend (from), to hoist (e.g. sail), to raise (e.g. flag), to put on (e.g. a blanket), to put on top of, to cover, to put on (glasses, etc.), to wear (a necklace, etc.), to make (a call), to spend (time, money), to expend, to use, to pour (liquid) onto, to sprinkle (powder or spices) onto, to splash, to throw (e.g. water) onto somebody, to turn on (an engine, radio, etc.), to set (a dial, an alarm clock, etc.), to put on (a DVD, a song, etc.), to cause (somebody inconvenience, trouble, etc.), to burden (someone), to impose, to multiply (arithmetic operation), to secure (e.g. lock), to take a seat, to sit, to rest (something on something else), to support (something on something else), to bind, to wager, to bet, to risk, to stake, to gamble, to put an effect (spell, anaesthetic, etc.) on, to hold (a play, festival, etc.), to hold an emotion for (pity, hope, etc.), to argue (in court), to deliberate (in a meeting), to present (e.g. idea to a conference, etc.), to increase further, to catch (in a trap, etc.), to set atop, to erect (a makeshift building), to apply (insurance), to pun (on a word), to use (a word) as a pivot word, to play on words, to be partway doing ..., to begin (but not complete) ..., to be about to ..., indicates (verb) is being directed to (someone)
  • 掛け 【かけ】 credit, money owed on an account, bill, hot noodles in broth, proportion (of wholesale price, as tenths of list price), in the midst of, rest, rack, hanger
  • 掛け金 【かけきん】 installment, instalment, premium, bill
  • 打ち掛け 【うちかけ】 women's bridal robe with trailing skirts worn over a kimono, ending play for the day, leaving a game unfinished (esp. Go)
  • 足掛け 【あしかけ】 leg trip (in sumo, judo, etc.), foothold, pedal, nearly (used to estimate a period of time by rounding up incomplete units)
  • 掛かる 【かかる】 to take (a resource, e.g. time or money), to hang, to come into view, to arrive, to come under (a contract, a tax), to start (engines, motors), to attend, to deal with, to handle, to have started to, to be on the verge of, to overlap (e.g. information in a manual), to cover, to (come) at, to be fastened, to be covered (e.g. with dust, a table-cloth, etc.), to be caught in, to get a call, to depend on
  • 掛かり 【かかり】 starting, engaging, expenses, costs, attack (esp. a corner approach in the game of go), barb, charge, duty, person in charge, official, clerk
  • 係長 【かかりちょう】 chief clerk
  • 掛かり 【かかり】 starting, engaging, expenses, costs, attack (esp. a corner approach in the game of go), barb, charge, duty, person in charge, official, clerk
  • 係長 【かかりちょう】 chief clerk


Japanese names:


  • colgar
  • suspender
  • enganchar
  • depender


  • pendurar
  • suspender
  • depender
  • chegar
  • imposto


  • accrocher
  • suspendre
  • dépendre
  • arriver à
  • taxe
  • verser
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1-3-8 SKIP code
5300.0 Four corner code
19-61 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
639b Unicode hex code