15 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
solicit, invite, ask
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
524 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 請求 【セイキュウ】 claim, demand, charge, application, request, billing (for a service)
  • 請願 【セイガン】 petition
  • 招請 【ショウセイ】 invitation
  • 懇請 【コンセイ】 appeal, entreaty, request
  • 普請 【フシン】 building, construction, group effort by Buddhist practitioners, group activities by a community (e.g. cleaning, etc.)
  • 安普請 【ヤスブシン】 cheap structure (e.g. of houses)
  • 請 【ショウ】 request, invitation, privilege in criminal law given to nobles of the fifth rank or above (ritsuryō system)
  • 招待 【ショウタイ】 invitation
  • 招請 【ショウセイ】 invitation
  • 拝請 【ハイショウ】 humbly inviting

Kun reading compounds

  • 乞う 【こう】 to beg, to ask, to request, to invite, to pray, to wish
  • 乞うご期待 【こうごきたい】 don't miss it, stay tuned, coming soon, look forward to it
  • 受ける 【うける】 to receive, to get, to catch (e.g. a ball), to be struck by (wind, waves, sunlight, etc.), to sustain (damage), to incur (a loss), to suffer (an injury), to feel (influence), to undergo (e.g. surgery), to take (a test), to accept (a challenge), to be given (e.g. life, talent), to find funny, to find humorous, to be amused (by), to follow, to succeed, to be descended from, to face (south, etc.), to be modified by, to obtain (a pawned item, etc.) by paying a fee, to be well-received, to become popular, to go down well


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • solicitar
  • pedir
  • rogar
  • tomar el control
  • recibir


  • solicitar
  • convidar
  • perguntar


  • solliciter
  • inviter
  • demander
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