8 strokes
know, wisdom
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
205 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 知 【チ】 wisdom, jnana (higher knowledge)
  • 知恵 【チエ】 wisdom, wit, sagacity, sense, intelligence, prajna (insight leading to enlightenment)
  • 認知 【ニンチ】 acknowledgement, acknowledgment, recognition, cognition
  • 熟知 【ジュクチ】 being familiar with, having a thorough knowledge of, being well-informed about

Kun reading compounds

  • 知る 【しる】 to know, to be aware (of), to be conscious (of), to learn (of), to find out, to discover, to sense, to feel, to notice, to realize, to understand, to comprehend, to grasp, to appreciate, to remember, to be familiar with, to be acquainted with, to experience, to go through, to know (e.g. hardship), to get acquainted with (a person), to get to know, to have to do with, to be concerned with, to be one's concern, to be one's responsibility
  • 知る限り 【しるかぎり】 as far as I know
  • 吾唯足知 【われただたるをしる】 I am content with what I am (have), rich is the person who is content with what he is
  • 知らせる 【しらせる】 to notify, to advise, to inform


Japanese names:
さと、 さとる、 しり、 しれ、 とも、 のり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
zhi1, zhi4


  • conocer
  • saber
  • entender


  • saber
  • sabedoria


  • savoir
  • sagesse
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