14 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
acknowledge, witness, discern, recognize, appreciate, believe
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
198 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 認識 【ニンシキ】 recognition, awareness, perception, understanding, knowledge, cognition, cognizance, cognisance
  • 認可 【ニンカ】 approval, license, licence, permission
  • 公認 【コウニン】 official recognition, official approval, certification, authorization, authorisation
  • 追認 【ツイニン】 ratification, confirmation

Kun reading compounds

  • 認める 【みとめる】 to recognize, to recognise, to observe, to notice, to deem, to judge, to assess, to approve, to deem acceptable, to allow, to admit, to accept, to confess (to a charge), to watch steadily, to observe carefully, to renown, to give renown to, to appreciate, to acknowledge
  • 認める 【したためる】 to write (e.g. a letter), to draw up (a document), to take down (e.g. notes), to have (lunch, dinner, etc.), to eat


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • reconocer
  • admitir
  • consentir


  • reconhecer
  • testemunhar
  • discernir
  • apreciar
  • acreditar


  • reconnaître
  • approuver
  • certifier
  • distinguer
  • apprécier
  • croire
855 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
962 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
952 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
363 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4370 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
649 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
903 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2137 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
738 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
751 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
668 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1690 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1948 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1041 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1404 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
605 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35502P Morohashi
1546 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5623 New Nelson (John Haig)
598 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
643 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
357 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
978 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3058 2001 Kanji
7a7.10 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-7 SKIP code
0763.2 Four corner code
1-39-07 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8a8d Unicode hex code