6 strokes
old 老 (耂)
consider, think over
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
196 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 考 【コウ】 thought, report on one's investigation into ..., deceased father
  • 考古学 【コウコガク】 archaeology, archeology
  • 備考 【ビコウ】 note (for reference), remarks, N.B.
  • 論考 【ロンコウ】 study (of), discussion, discourse, inquiry, research article, academic paper

Kun reading compounds

  • 考える 【かんがえる】 to think (about, of), to think over, to ponder, to contemplate, to reflect (on), to meditate (on), to consider, to bear in mind, to allow for, to take into consideration, to think (that), to believe, to hold (a view), to judge, to conclude, to suspect, to intend (to do), to think of (doing), to plan, to predict, to anticipate, to expect, to imagine, to come up with, to think up, to contrive, to devise, to consider (as), to regard (as), to look on (as), to take, to view
  • 考え 【かんがえ】 thinking, thought, view, opinion, concept, idea, notion, imagination, intention, plan, design, consideration, judgement, deliberation, reflection, wish, hope, expectation
  • 考え方 【かんがえかた】 way of thinking


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • idea
  • pensar
  • investigar
  • considerar


  • considerar
  • refletir


  • réfléchir
  • considérer
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