12 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
raise, elevate, hoist, praise, extol, fry in deep fat
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1316 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 揚力 【ヨウリョク】 dynamic lift, lifting power
  • 揚音 【ヨウオン】 acute (accent, etc.)
  • 高揚 【コウヨウ】 elevation (of spirits), raising (of morale), uplift, upsurge
  • 掲揚 【ケイヨウ】 hoisting (e.g. a flag), raising, flying, putting up

Kun reading compounds

  • 上げる 【あげる】 to raise, to elevate, to do up (one's hair), to fly (a kite, etc.), to launch (fireworks, etc.), to surface (a submarine, etc.), to land (a boat), to deep-fry, to show someone (into a room), to give, to send someone (away), to enrol (one's child in school), to enroll, to increase (price, quality, status, etc.), to develop (talent, skill), to improve, to make (a loud sound), to raise (one's voice), to earn (something desirable), to praise, to give (an example, etc.), to cite, to summon up (all of one's energy, etc.), to arrest, to nominate, to summon (for geishas, etc.), to offer up (incense, a prayer, etc.) to the gods (or Buddha, etc.), to bear (a child), to conduct (a ceremony, esp. a wedding), (of the tide) to come in, to vomit, to do for (the sake of someone else), to complete ..., to humbly do ...
  • 上がる 【あがる】 to rise, to go up, to come up, to ascend, to be raised, to enter (esp. from outdoors), to come in, to go in, to enter (a school), to advance to the next grade, to get out (of water), to come ashore, to increase, to improve, to make progress, to be promoted, to advance, to be made (of profit, etc.), to occur (esp. of a favourable result), to be adequate (to cover expenses, etc.), to be finished, to be done, to be over, to stop (of rain), to lift, to stop (working properly), to cut out, to give out, to die, to win (in a card game, etc.), to be arrested, to turn up (of evidence, etc.), to be deep fried, to be spoken loudly, to get nervous, to get stage fright, to be offered (to the gods, etc.), to go, to visit, to eat, to drink, to be listed (as a candidate), to serve (in one's master's home), to go north, to be complete, to finish


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • levantar
  • alzar
  • izar
  • freír


  • levantar
  • fritar em gordura funda


  • hisser
  • frire
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