8 strokes
meat 肉 (⺼)
bring up, grow up, raise, rear
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
369 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 育児 【イクジ】 childcare, child-rearing, nursing, upbringing
  • 育英 【イクエイ】 education of gifted young people, providing financial support to gifted students, education
  • 性教育 【セイキョウイク】 sex education
  • 社会教育 【シャカイキョウイク】 social education

Kun reading compounds

  • 育つ 【そだつ】 to be raised (e.g. child), to be brought up, to grow (up)
  • 育ち 【そだち】 growth, breeding, growing up (in, as), upbringing
  • 育ち盛り 【そだちざかり】 growth period (in children)
  • 育てる 【そだてる】 to raise, to rear, to bring up, to train, to teach, to educate, to promote the growth of, to nurture, to foster, to develop
  • 育む 【はぐくむ】 to raise, to bring up, to rear, to cultivate, to foster, to nurture


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • educar
  • criar
  • ser educado
  • crecer


  • educar
  • crescer
  • levantar
  • elevar


  • élever
  • grandir
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