11 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
annexed, accompany, marry, suit, meet, satisfy, attach, append, garnish, imitate
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1501 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 添付 【テンプ】 attaching (documents, etc.), appending, affixing
  • 添削 【テンサク】 correction, looking over, touching up
  • 水添 【スイテン】 hydrogenation
  • 別添 【ベッテン】 attachment, annexation, addendum, appendix

Kun reading compounds

  • 添える 【そえる】 to garnish, to accompany (as a card does a gift), to add to as support, to prop up, to accompany (as an aid, guide, translator, etc.), to mimic, to imitate, to draw something near to oneself, to approach nearby
  • 添う 【そう】 to meet (wishes, expectations, etc.), to satisfy, to comply with, to live up to, to accompany, to go with, to stay by one's side, to associate with (someone), to mix with, to marry, to wed, to be added
  • 添水 【そうず】 water-filled bamboo tube in Japanese garden which clacks against a stone when emptied


Japanese names:
そえ、 ぞい
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • anexo
  • añadidura
  • adición
  • añadir
  • anexar


  • anexar
  • acompanhar
  • casa
  • terno
  • reunião
  • satisfazer
  • adorna
  • imitar


  • annexer
  • accompagner
  • se marier
  • joindre
  • satisfaire
  • ajouter
  • garnir
  • imiter
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1131 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1215 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
641 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
390 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
485 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
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17698 Morohashi
529 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3201 New Nelson (John Haig)
634 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
684 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1459 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
340 2001 Kanji
3a8.22 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-8 SKIP code
3213.3 Four corner code
1-37-26 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6dfb Unicode hex code