10 strokes
detain, fasten, halt, stop
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
731 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 留 【リュウ】 stationary point
  • 留学生 【リュウガクセイ】 overseas student, exchange student
  • 駐留 【チュウリュウ】 stationing (e.g. of troops), garrison
  • 在留 【ザイリュウ】 residing (esp. abroad), staying, living
  • 留 【ルーブル】 ruble (Russian currency), rouble
  • 留守番 【ルスバン】 care-taking, house-sitting, house-watching, staying at home, caretaker, house-sitter
  • 柳樽 【ヤナギダル】 lacquered sake barrel (often used at weddings and other celebratory events)
  • 柳多留 【ヤナギダル】 The Willow Barrel (collection of Edo-period senryu) (abbr), Haifu Yanagidaru

Kun reading compounds

  • 止める 【とめる】 to stop, to turn off, to park, to prevent, to suppress (a cough), to hold back (tears), to hold (one's breath), to relieve (pain), to stop (someone from doing something), to dissuade, to forbid, to prohibit, to notice, to be aware of, to concentrate on, to pay attention to, to remember, to bear in mind, to fix (in place), to fasten, to tack, to pin, to nail, to button, to staple, to detain, to keep in custody
  • 止まる 【とまる】 to stop (moving), to come to a stop, to stop (doing, working, being supplied), to come to a halt, to cease, to be stopped, to be suspended, to alight, to perch on
  • 留める 【とどめる】 to stop, to stay (e.g. the night), to cease, to put an end to, to contain, to keep (in position, in place), to limit, to record (e.g. a fact), to retain
  • 止まる 【とどまる】 to remain, to abide, to stay (in the one place), to be limited to, to be confined to, to only account for
  • とどまるところを知らない 【とどまるところをしらない】 knowing no bounds, showing no signs of stopping or slowing down


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • quedarse
  • permanecer
  • parar
  • detener


  • deter
  • segurar
  • parar
  • interromper


  • retenir
  • attacher
  • rester
  • s'arrêter
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824 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
805 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
824 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3003 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
412 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
742 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1470 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
761 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
774 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
432 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1341 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3189 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1646 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2235 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1435 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
21808 Morohashi
2580 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3750 New Nelson (John Haig)
1423 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1527 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
722 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2676 2001 Kanji
5f5.4 The Kanji Dictionary
2-5-5 SKIP code
7760.2 Four corner code
1-46-17 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7559 Unicode hex code