11 strokes
shift, move, change, drift, catch (cold, fire), pass into
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
448 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 移動 【イドウ】 movement, transfer, migration, removal, travel, mobile, moving, traveling, travelling, roving
  • 移転 【イテン】 moving, relocation, change of address, transfer (of deeds, property, etc.), demise
  • 転移 【テンイ】 moving (location, with the times, etc.), change, transition, metastasis, spread, transition (e.g. phase transition), transfer (of learning), transference (in psychoanalysis)
  • 変移 【ヘンイ】 change, alteration, transmutation, mutation

Kun reading compounds

  • 移る 【うつる】 to move (house), to transfer (department), to change the target of interest or concern, to elapse (passage of time), to be permeated by a colour or scent, to be infected, to be contagious, to spread (as in fire)
  • 移す 【うつす】 to change, to swap, to substitute, to transfer, to change the object of one's interest or focus, to spend or take time, to infect, to permeate something with the smell or colour of something, to move on to the next or different stage of (a plan, etc.)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cambio de lugar
  • movimiento
  • traslado
  • mudarse
  • ser infectado
  • ser contagioso
  • trasladar
  • infectar


  • trocar
  • mover
  • mudança
  • rumo
  • pegar (fogo)
  • passar (frio)
  • passar


  • déplacer
  • transporter
  • déménager
  • changer
  • inconstant
  • prendre (froid, feu)
  • transférer
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1437 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1508 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1087 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
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1177 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1-5-6 SKIP code
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1-16-60 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
79fb Unicode hex code