13 strokes
unravel, notes, key, explanation, understanding, untie, undo, solve, answer, cancel, absolve, explain, minute
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
176 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 解 【カイ】 solution (of an equation, inequality, etc.), root (e.g. of a polynomial), solution (to a given problem), answer, explanation, interpretation
  • 解禁 【カイキン】 lifting a ban, raising an embargo, opening a season (hunting, fishing, etc.), publishing contents, revealing information
  • 瓦解 【ガカイ】 collapse, downfall
  • 明解 【メイカイ】 clear explanation
  • 解熱 【ゲネツ】 lowering a fever, alleviation of fever
  • 解脱 【ゲダツ】 liberation from earthly desires and the woes of man, deliverance of one's soul, moksha, mukti, vimukti
  • 雪消 【ユキゲ】 snow melting, water from melting snow
  • 義解 【ギゲ】 explanation (of the meaning), interpretation

Kun reading compounds

  • 解く 【とく】 to untie, to unfasten, to unwrap, to undo, to unbind, to unpack, to unsew, to unstitch, to solve, to work out, to answer, to dispel (misunderstanding, etc.), to clear up, to remove (suspicion), to appease, to dissolve (a contract), to cancel, to remove (a prohibition), to lift (a ban), to raise (a siege), to release (from duty), to relieve, to dismiss, to comb (out), to card, to untangle (hair)
  • 溶かす 【とかす】 to dissolve, to melt
  • 梳かす 【とかす】 to comb out, to brush, to untangle, to unravel
  • 溶ける 【とける】 to melt, to thaw, to fuse, to dissolve
  • 解ける 【とける】 to be solved, to be resolved, to loosen, to come untied, to come undone, to be removed (of restrictions), to be lifted (e.g. a ban), to be broken (spells, curses, etc.), to dissipate (of anger, tension, etc.), to melt away, to ease, to be appeased, to be resolved (of a dispute, misunderstanding, etc.), to be cleared up
  • 解く 【ほどく】 to undo, to untie, to unfasten, to unlace, to unravel, to loosen, to unpack
  • 解ける 【ほどける】 to come loose, to come untied, to come undone, to unravel, to loosen up (e.g. tension)
  • 分かる 【わかる】 to understand, to comprehend, to grasp, to see, to get, to follow, to become clear, to be known, to be discovered, to be realized, to be realised, to be found out, I know!, I think so too!


Japanese names:
さとる、 とけ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jie3, jie4, xie4
hae, gae


  • desenredar
  • desatar
  • liberar
  • aclarar
  • resolver
  • peinarse
  • aflojar


  • solucionar
  • notas
  • chave
  • explicação
  • compreensão
  • desamarrar
  • desfazer
  • resolveer
  • resposta
  • cancelar
  • absolver
  • explicar
  • deta


  • délier
  • notes
  • clé
  • explication
  • compréhension
  • défaire
  • résoudre
  • répondre
  • annuler
  • absoudre
  • expliquer
  • minute
567 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
662 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
632 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
192 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4306 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
577 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
892 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1923 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
474 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
482 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
293 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1651 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1913 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1017 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1375 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1831 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35067 Morohashi
1517 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5548 New Nelson (John Haig)
1814 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1955 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
142 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
769 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2555 2001 Kanji
4g9.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-6 SKIP code
2725.2 Four corner code
1-18-82 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
89e3 Unicode hex code