15 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
submerge, conceal, hide, lower (voice), hush
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1329 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 潜水 【センスイ】 diving, submerging, going underwater
  • 潜在 【センザイ】 potentiality, dormancy, latency
  • 原潜 【ゲンセン】 nuclear submarine
  • 対潜 【タイセン】 antisubmarine

Kun reading compounds

  • 潜む 【ひそむ】 to lurk, to be hidden, to be concealed, to lie dormant, to be latent
  • 潜る 【もぐる】 to dive (into or under water), to get under, to get into, to get in, to creep into, to crawl under, to bury oneself, to burrow into, to dig oneself into, to snuggle under, to hide oneself (esp. from the government), to conceal oneself, to go underground
  • 潜る 【くぐる】 to go under, to pass under, to go through, to pass through, to dive (into or under the water), to evade, to get around, to slip past, to survive, to surmount
  • 潜める 【ひそめる】 to hide, to conceal, to lower volume (of a sound or one's voice) so as not to be heard, to become quiet and inconspicuous


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • esconderse
  • ocultarse
  • silenciar


  • submergir
  • esconder
  • ocultar
  • abaixar (voz)
  • calar


  • s'immerger
  • se cacher
  • se dissimuler
  • s'embusquer
  • voix basse
  • chut!
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