9 strokes
fire 火 (灬)
do, change, make, benefit, welfare, be of use, reach to, try, practice, cost, serve as, good, advantage, as a result of
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
831 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 為政者 【イセイシャ】 statesman, administrator, politician, policymaker
  • 為公会 【イコウカイ】 Iko-kai (faction of the LDP)
  • 人為 【ジンイ】 human work, human agency, art, artificiality
  • 営為 【エイイ】 business, occupation

Kun reading compounds

  • 為 【ため】 good, advantage, benefit, welfare, sake, purpose, objective, aim, consequence, result, effect, affecting, regarding, concerning
  • 為に 【ために】 for, for the sake of, to one's advantage, in favor of, in favour of, on behalf of, because of, as a result of
  • 外為 【がいため】 foreign exchange
  • 念のため 【ねんのため】 (just) making sure, just to be sure, just in case, for caution's sake
  • 成る 【なる】 to become, to get, to grow, to turn, to reach, to attain, to result in, to turn out, to end up, to prove (to be), to consist of, to be composed of, to be made up of, to be completed, to be realized, to succeed, to be attained, to be accomplished, to change (into), to turn (into), to transform, to come (to do), to begin (to do), to grow (to do), to come to, to amount to, to add up to, to make, to play (the part of), to act as, to be used for, to be useful for, to serve as, to be promoted, to do ...
  • 為す 【なす】 to build up, to establish, to form, to become (a state), to accomplish, to achieve, to succeed in, to change into, to do, to perform, to intend to, to attempt, to try
  • なす術 【なすすべ】 means, method, way
  • 為る 【する】 to do, to carry out, to perform, to cause to become, to make (into), to turn (into), to serve as, to act as, to work as, to wear (clothes, a facial expression, etc.), to judge as being, to view as being, to think of as, to treat as, to use as, to decide on, to choose, to be sensed (of a smell, noise, etc.), to be (in a state, condition, etc.), to be worth, to cost, to pass (of time), to elapse, to place, or raise, person A to a post or status B, to transform A to B, to make A into B, to exchange A for B, to make use of A for B, to view A as B, to handle A as if it were B, to feel A about B, verbalizing suffix (applies to nouns noted in this dictionary with the part of speech "vs"), creates a humble verb (after a noun prefixed with "o" or "go"), to be just about to, to be just starting to, to try to, to attempt to
  • 成り 【なり】 promoted (of a piece)
  • 成り代わる 【なりかわる】 to take over for (someone), to stand in for, to substitute for, to replace, to take the place of (something)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
wei4, wei2


  • hacer
  • ocurrir
  • razón
  • causa


  • mudança
  • benefício
  • bem-estar
  • é de uso
  • tentativa
  • prática
  • custo
  • servir para
  • bom
  • vantagem
  • como um resultado de


  • faire
  • changer
  • bénéfice
  • bien-être
  • être utile
  • atteindre
  • essayer
  • s'entraîner
  • coûter
  • servir pour
  • bon
  • avantage
  • par suite de
1003 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1137 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
138 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
977 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1514 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1005 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1484 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1581 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
736 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1274 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
4395 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2225 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2994 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1937 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
18981P Morohashi
3577 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3411 New Nelson (John Haig)
1918 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2067 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
446 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
1277 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
950 2001 Kanji
4d5.8 The Kanji Dictionary
4-9-4 SKIP code
3-5-4 SKIP code
3402.7 Four corner code
1-16-57 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
70ba Unicode hex code