7 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
decide, fix, agree upon, appoint
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
71 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 決 【ケツ】 decision, vote
  • 決意 【ケツイ】 decision, determination, resolution
  • 表決 【ヒョウケツ】 vote, voting
  • 強行採決 【キョウコウサイケツ】 forced passage (of a bill, measure, resolution, etc.), railroading, steamrolling, steamrollering

Kun reading compounds

  • 決める 【きめる】 to decide, to choose, to determine, to make up one's mind, to resolve, to set one's heart on, to settle, to arrange, to set, to appoint, to fix, to clinch (a victory), to decide (the outcome of a match), to persist in doing, to go through with, to always do, to have made a habit of, to take for granted, to assume, to dress up, to dress to kill, to dress to the nines, to carry out successfully (a move in sports, a pose in dance, etc.), to succeed in doing, to immobilize with a double-arm lock (in sumo, judo, etc.), to eat or drink something, to take illegal drugs
  • 決まる 【きまる】 to be decided, to be settled, to be fixed, to be arranged, to be unchanging, to be the same (as always), to be fixed, to be set, to be a fixed rule, to be destined, to be a convention, to be a custom, to be common knowledge, to be well executed (of a manoeuvre in a sport, game, etc.), to go well, to succeed, to connect (of a punch), to look good (of clothing), to look sharp, to be stylish, to suit one, to be held in place (of a hairdo), to be struck and held (of a pose in kabuki)
  • 決る 【しゃくる】 to dig out, to gouge out, to hollow out, to scoop, to ladle, to bail, to jerk (one's chin)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • decidir
  • fijar
  • quedar decidido


  • decida
  • fixar
  • concordar sobre
  • nomear


  • décider
  • fixer
  • se mettre d'accord
  • arrangement
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