7 strokes (also 6)
walk 辵 (辶, ⻌, ⻍)
return, answer, fade, repay
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
685 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 遍 【ヘン】 number of times
  • 返 【ヘン】 reply, answer
  • 代返 【ダイヘン】 answer a roll call for another
  • 往返 【オウヘン】 round trip

Kun reading compounds

  • 返す 【かえす】 to return (something), to restore, to put back, to turn over, to turn upside down, to overturn, to pay back, to retaliate, to reciprocate, to respond (with), to retort, to reply, to say back, to do ... back (e.g. speak back, throw back), to do again, to do repeatedly
  • 返す刀 【かえすかたな】 attacking one opponent then immediately attacking another
  • 返る 【かえる】 to return, to come back, to go back, to turn over, to become extremely, to become completely


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • regresar
  • devolver


  • retornar
  • responder
  • desvanecer
  • pagar


  • rendre
  • répondre
  • s'estomper
  • rembourser
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950 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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442 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
448 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
184 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
681 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3797 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1940 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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733 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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3060 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6020 New Nelson (John Haig)
725 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
782 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
477 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
289 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3367 2001 Kanji
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