12 strokes
expense, cost, spend, consume, waste
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
321 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 費 【ヒ】 cost, expense
  • 費用 【ヒヨウ】 cost, expense
  • 固定費 【コテイヒ】 fixed cost, fixed expense
  • 交際費 【コウサイヒ】 entertainment expenses

Kun reading compounds

  • 費やす 【ついやす】 to spend, to expend, to consume, to waste, to squander, to throw away, to devote
  • 費える 【ついえる】 to be used up (of money, savings, etc.), to dwindle away, to be wasted (of time)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • gasto
  • coste
  • gastar


  • despesa
  • custo
  • gastar
  • consumir
  • perder


  • dépense
  • coût
  • dépenser
  • consommer
  • gaspiller
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596 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
567 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
337 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4497 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
608 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
925 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
749 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
762 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
858 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1732 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3221 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1670 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2261 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1246 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
36717 Morohashi
2607 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5786 New Nelson (John Haig)
1238 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1326 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
352 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
598 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1961 2001 Kanji
7b5.4 The Kanji Dictionary
2-5-7 SKIP code
5580.6 Four corner code
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