12 strokes
mound, dam (阝 left) 阜 (阝)
follow, though, notwithstanding, while, during, both, all, obey, submit to, comply, at the mercy of (the waves)
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1396 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 随意 【ズイイ】 voluntary, optional, free, elective
  • 随一 【ズイイチ】 best, greatest, first
  • 追随 【ツイズイ】 following (in the footsteps of), catching up with, coming level with
  • 付随 【フズイ】 being incident to, being accompanied by, being collateral with, being attached to

Kun reading compounds

  • 随に 【まにまに】 at the mercy of (e.g. the waves), with (e.g. the wind)
  • 従う 【したがう】 to obey (an order, law, etc.), to abide by (a rule, custom, etc.), to follow, to observe, to conform to, to yield to, to follow (a person), to accompany, to go with, to go alongside (e.g. a river), to follow (e.g. a sign), to serve (as), to engage in (work)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • seguir
  • acompañar
  • complacer
  • sin embargo
  • a pesar de todo


  • seguir
  • embora
  • não obstante
  • enquanto
  • durante
  • ambos
  • obedecer
  • submeter-se
  • concordar
  • ao sabor (das ondas)


  • suivre
  • quoique
  • néanmoins
  • pendant
  • les deux
  • tout
  • obéir
  • se soumettre à
  • se conformer à
  • à la merci (des vagues)
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