15 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
tune, tone, meter, key (music), writing style, prepare, exorcise, investigate, harmonize, mediate
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
87 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 調 【チョウ】 pitch, tone, key, time, tempo, mood, tendency, style, tax paid in kind (ritsuryō period), first a tax on rice fields and households, then on individuals
  • 調印 【チョウイン】 signature, signing, sealing
  • 長調 【チョウチョウ】 major key
  • 空調 【クウチョウ】 air conditioning

Kun reading compounds

  • 調べる 【しらべる】 to examine, to look up, to investigate, to check up, to sense, to study, to inquire, to search
  • 調べ 【しらべ】 investigation, inspection, examination, tune, note, melody
  • 調べる 【しらべる】 to examine, to look up, to investigate, to check up, to sense, to study, to inquire, to search
  • 取り調べ 【とりしらべ】 investigation (e.g. by police or prosecutors), examination, inquiry, enquiry
  • 整う 【ととのう】 to be ready, to be prepared, to be arranged, to be in order, to be put in order, to be well-ordered, to be well-proportioned, to be harmonious, to be adjusted, to be regulated, to be refined (e.g. of a face), to be settled (e.g. treaty, contract), to be completed
  • 整える 【ととのえる】 to put in order, to arrange, to tidy up, to fix, to straighten, to get ready, to prepare, to arrange, to supply, to assemble, to buy, to adjust, to regulate (e.g. rhythm, tune, one's breathing), to work out (e.g. business deal), to arrange (e.g. marriage), to settle


Japanese names:
ぎ、 つぎ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
diao4, tiao2
jo, ju


  • melodía
  • tono
  • investigar
  • comprobar
  • arreglar
  • poner en orden


  • canção
  • tom
  • métrica
  • clave (música)
  • estilo de escrever
  • preparar
  • exorcisar
  • investigar


  • enquête
  • mélodie
  • ton (majeur/mineur)
  • style d'écriture
  • préparer
  • exorciser
471 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
369 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
348 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
108 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4392 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
376 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
906 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2328 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.9 Japanese for Busy People
342 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
342 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
210 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1699 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1973 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1051 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1417 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
355 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35609P Morohashi
1567 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5647 New Nelson (John Haig)
349 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
373 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
219 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
434 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3049 2001 Kanji
7a8.16 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-8 SKIP code
0762.0 Four corner code
1-36-20 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8abf Unicode hex code