20 strokes
stand, erect
emulate, compete with, bid, sell at auction, bout, contest, race
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
610 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 競争 【キョウソウ】 competition, contest, rivalry, race, competition (between organisms or species)
  • 競技 【キョウギ】 game, match, contest
  • 競馬 【ケイバ】 horse racing
  • 競売 【キョウバイ】 auction

Kun reading compounds

  • 競う 【きそう】 to compete, to contend, to vie, to contest
  • 競る 【せる】 to compete, to bid, to sell at auction
  • 比べる 【くらべる】 to compare, to make a comparison, to compete, to vie


Japanese names:
かい、 わたなべ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • competir
  • rivalizar
  • comparar


  • imitar
  • competir com
  • oferta
  • vender em leilão
  • disputa
  • competição
  • corrida


  • compétition
  • rivaliser
  • enchère
  • vente aux enchères
  • combat
  • concours
  • course
379 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
487 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
463 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
609 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3364 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
464 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
789 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2927 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
852 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
871 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1020 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1463 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2322 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1200 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1639 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
441 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
25831 Morohashi
1847 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4244 New Nelson (John Haig)
434 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
465 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
640 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
457 2001 Kanji
5b15.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-10-10 SKIP code
2-10-10 SKIP code
0021.6 Four corner code
1-22-05 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7af6 Unicode hex code