11 strokes (also 10)
walk 辵 (辶, ⻌, ⻍)
advance, proceed, progress, promote
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
142 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 進学 【シンガク】 advancing to the next stage of education, going on to (high school, college, etc.)
  • 進化 【シンカ】 evolution, evolution, becoming more advanced, progress, development, improvement
  • 後進 【コウシン】 one's junior, younger generation, next generation, moving backwards, backing up, reversing
  • 累進 【ルイシン】 successive promotion, gradual progression, rising step by step, increasing progressively (of income tax, etc.)

Kun reading compounds

  • 進む 【すすむ】 to advance, to go forward, to precede, to go ahead (of), to make progress, to improve, to deepen, to heighten, to be fast (of a clock), to be ahead, to do of one's own free will
  • 進むも地獄退くも地獄 【すすむもじごくしりぞくもじごく】 between the devil and the deep blue sea, both advancing and retreating are hell
  • 進める 【すすめる】 to advance, to move forward, to put (a clock, watch) forward, to carry forward (plans, work, etc.), to proceed with, to make progress in, to further, to advance, to hasten, to speed up, to raise, to elevate, to promote, to develop, to stimulate (e.g. one's appetite)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • avanzar
  • progresar
  • adelantar
  • ascender


  • avanço
  • continuar
  • progresso
  • promover


  • progresser
  • avancer
  • promouvoir
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