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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 弓 (ゆみ) – bow
Henshall Mnemonic: bow with string waiting to be drawn
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #218 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • く   [ひく]
    (v5k) (1) to pull; (2) to draw back; (3) to draw (a card); (4) to draw (plan, line, etc.); (5) to catch (cold); (6) to play (string instr.)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じびき]
    (n) dictionary   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  • し   [ひきだし]
    (n) drawer; drawing out   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [ひっこす]
    (v5s) to move (house); to change residence   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • し   [ひっこし]
    (n) moving (dwelling, office, etc.); changing residence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [ひっぱる]
    (v5r) (1) to pull; to draw; to stretch; to drag; (2) to pull the ball (baseball)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [いんたい]
    (n,vs) retire   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いんよう]
    (n) quotation; citation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • める   [ひきとめる]
    (v1) to detain; to check; to restrain   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [ひきだす]
    (v5s) to pull out; to take out; to draw out; to withdraw   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [ひきかえす]
    (v5s) to repeat; to send back; to bring back; to retrace one's steps   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • かる   [ひっかかる]
    (v5r) to be caught in; to be stuck in; to be cheated   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [ひっくりかえる]
    (v5r) to be overturned; to be upset; to topple over; to be reversed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • む   [ひっこむ]
    (v5m) to draw back; to sink; to cave in   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひきざん]
    (n) subtraction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ける   [ひきうける]
    (v1) to undertake; to take up; to take over; to be responsible for; to guarantee; to contract (disease)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [ひきだす]
    (v5s) to pull out; to take out; to draw out; to withdraw   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • け   [ひきわけ]
    (n) a draw (in competition); tie game   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [ひきかえす]
    (v5s) to repeat; to send back; to bring back; to retrace one's steps   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いんりょく]
    (n) gravity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わりびき]
    (n,suf) discount; reduction; rebate; tenths discounted   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごういん]
    (adj-na,n) overbearing; coercive; pushy; forcible; high-handed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [さしひき]
    (n) deduction; subtraction; balance; ebb and flow; rise and fall   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくいん]
    (n) index; indices   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • く   [ながびく]
    (v5k) to be prolonged; to drag on   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

    • きつる   [ひきつる]
      (v5r) to have a cramp (spasm, convulsion, twitch)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • す   [ひきのばす]
      (v5s) to delay; to enlarge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • ばし   [ひきのばし]
      (n) extension; prolongation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • ばす   [ひきのばす]
      (v5s) to delay; to enlarge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げ   [ひきさげ]
      (n) reduction; cut   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • え   [ひきかえ]
      (n) on the contrary; on the other hand   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • す   [ひきおこす]
      (v5s) to cause   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ひきがね]
      (n) trigger; gunlock   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • ぎ   [ひきつぎ]
      (n) inheriting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • ぐ   [ひきつぐ]
      (v5g) to take over; to hand over   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • い   [ひきあい]
      (n) reference; comparison; witness; deal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ひきざん]
      (n) subtraction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • り   [ひきとり]
      (n) leaving; accepting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • け   [ひきうけ]
      (n) undertaking; underwriting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げ   [ひきあげ]
      (n) pulling up; drawing up; salvage; re-floatation; raising   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • す   [ひきのばす]
      (v5s) to delay; to enlarge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • ばす   [ひきのばす]
      (v5s) to delay; to enlarge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • き   [ひきつづき]
      (adv,n) continuing for a long time; in succession; without a break   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • え   [ひきかえ]
      (n) on the contrary; on the other hand   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • まる   [ひきしまる]
      (v5r) to become tense; to be tightened   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • め   [ひきしめ]
      (n) tightening   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • める   [ひきしめる]
      (v1) to tighten; to stiffen; to brace; to strain   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • る   [ひきしまる]
      (v5r) to become tense; to be tightened   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • し   [ひきわたし]
      (n) delivery; handing over; turning over; extradition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • す   [ひきわたす]
      (v5s) to deliver; to extradite; to stretch across; to hand over   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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    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.