12 strokes
run 走 (赱)
surpass, cross over, move to, exceed, Vietnam
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
897 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 越 【エツ】 Yue, kingdom in ancient China (6th C-334 BCE), Vietnam
  • 越南 【エツナン】 Vietnam
  • 上越 【ジョウエツ】 area on Japan Sea side of Japan, including Niigata
  • 自己超越 【ジコチョウエツ】 self-transcendence
  • 越年 【エツネン】 seeing the old year out, greeting the New Year, passing the winter, hibernation, playing past the usual 12 rounds in one game
  • 越年蝶 【オツネンチョウ】 eastern pale clouded yellow (butterfly, Colias erate)
  • 檀越 【ダンオツ】 alms-giver, person who donates to a monk or a temple, dana-pati

Kun reading compounds

  • 越す 【こす】 to cross over (e.g. mountain), to go across, to get over (e.g. hardship), to pass time (e.g. a winter), to surpass, to be better than, to exceed, to move house, to go, to come
  • 越える 【こえる】 to cross over, to cross, to pass through, to pass over (out of), to go beyond, to go past, to exceed, to surpass, to be more (than)


Japanese names:
えち、 えっ、 お、 こえ、 こし、 ごえ、 ごし、 ごや
weol, hwal


  • sobrepasar
  • cruzar
  • exceder
  • moverse


  • superar
  • exceder
  • Vietnã


  • doubler
  • traverser
  • muter
  • surpasser
  • Vietnam
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