15 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
lucidity, be clear, clear, clarify, settle, strain, look grave
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1722 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 澄徹 【チョウテツ】 clearness (e.g. sky), transparency
  • 澄明 【チョウメイ】 clear and bright
  • 清澄 【セイチョウ】 clear, serene
  • 明澄 【メイチョウ】 lucid, clear

Kun reading compounds

  • 澄む 【すむ】 to become clear (water, air, etc.), to become transparent, to resonate clearly (e.g. voice), to become serene, to become tranquil, to be free of worries, to pronounce as an unvoiced sound
  • 澄ます 【すます】 to clear, to make clear, to be unruffled, to look unconcerned, to feign indifference, to look demure, to look prim, to put on airs, to strain (one's ears), to listen carefully


Japanese names:
きよ、 すす、 すみ、 み
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
cheng2, deng4


  • clarificar
  • aclarar
  • ajustar cuentas
  • asentarse


  • lucidez
  • limpar-se
  • limpar
  • esclarecer
  • colocar
  • esforçar
  • olhar sério


  • limpide
  • clair
  • clarifier
  • lucidité
  • se dégager
  • tendre (l'oreille)
  • attitude composée
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1637 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2699 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1455 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1505 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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1334 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1417 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1510 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1253 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
915 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
517 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
674 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1720 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
18315 Morohashi
740 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3333 New Nelson (John Haig)
1704 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1839 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1780 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
373 2001 Kanji
3a12.11 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-12 SKIP code
3211.8 Four corner code
1-32-01 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6f84 Unicode hex code