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Kanji Information Sheet for 意  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

stroke order illustration  
English:
idea
mind
heart
taste
thought
desire
care
liking
On-Yomi:
Kun-Yomi:
もと
よし
Bushu (Radical) Info:
心 (シン, こころ, -ごころ, りっしんべん) – heart; mind; spirit
攸 (ユウ, ところ) – distant, far; adverbial prefix; relaxed; at ease; place
音 (おと) – sound
Henshall Mnemonic: a thought is a sound from the heart
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #99 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [いみ]
    (n,vs) meaning; significance   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [いけん]
    (n) opinion; view   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうい]
    (n,vs) caution; being careful; attention (heed); warning; advice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようい]
    (n,vs) preparation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [いがい]
    (adj-na,n) unexpected; surprising   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いし]
    (n) will; volition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いし]
    (n) intention; purpose   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしき]
    (n,vs) consciousness; senses   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいい]
    (n) respect; honour   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくい]
    (adj-na,n) pride; triumph; prosperity; one's strong point; one's forte; one's specialty; customer; client   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [いぎ]
    (n) meaning; significance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いじわる]
    (adj-na,n) malicious; ill-tempered; unkind   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なまいき]
    (adj-na,n) impertinent; saucy; cheeky; conceit; audacious; brazen   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • む   [いきごむ]
    (v5m) to be enthusiastic about   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いこう]
    (n) intention; idea; inclination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いと]
    (n) intention; aim; design   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いじ]
    (n) disposition; spirit; willpower; obstinacy; backbone; appetite   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いよく]
    (n) will; desire; ambition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けつい]
    (n) decision; determination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうい]
    (n) good will; favor; courtesy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごうい]
    (n) agreement; consent; mutual understanding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうい]
    (n,vs) agreement; consent; same meaning; same opinion; approval   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねつい]
    (n) zeal; enthusiasm   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふい]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) sudden; abrupt; unexpected; unforeseen   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むいみ]
    (adj-na,n) nonsense; no meaning   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [あくい]
    (n) ill will; malice; spite; evil intention; bad faith   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いき]
    (n) spirit; heart; disposition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • み   [いきごみ]
    (n) ardor; enthusiasm   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • んだ   [いきさかんだ]
    be in high spirits   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いくじ]
    (n) self-respect; self-confidence; guts; backbone   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしけってい]
    (n) decision-making   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしひょうじ]
    (n) declaration of intention   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしきてき]
    (adj-na) consciously; deliberately   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしょう]
    (n) design   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いとてき]
    (adj-na) intentional; on purpose   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いひょう]
    (n) surprise; something unexpected   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [いみあい]
    (n) implication; nuance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こい]
    (n) intention; purpose; bad faith   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうい]
    (n) kindness; favor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんい]
    (adj-na,n) kindness; intimacy; friendship   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さつい]
    (n) intent to kill; intent to murder   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんい]
    (n) approval; assent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じい]
    (n) intention to resign   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しつい]
    (n) disappointment; despair; adversity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃい]
    (n) gratitude; thanks   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とりあつかいちゅうい]
    handling warning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうすういけん]
    (n) minority opinion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こころいき]
    (n) spirit; disposition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんい]
    (n) real intention; true motive; true meaning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ずいい]
    (adj-na,n) voluntary; optional   [K] [D] [Jisho]
Find more details for at jisho.org, Yookoso! or WWWJDIC

Acknowledgments

The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.