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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 止 (とめる) – stop
Henshall Mnemonic: footprints stop above line
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #310 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

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JLPT N5 Words

  • まる   [とまる]
    (v5r) (1) to remain; to abide; to stay (in the one place); (2) to come to a halt; (3) to stop   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  • む   [やむ]
    (v5m,vi) to cease; to stop; to be over   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [とめる]
    (v1) to stop (something)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [やめる]
    (v1,vt) to end; to stop; to cease; to resign   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [きんし]
    (n,vs) prohibition; ban   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [よす]
    (v5s) to cease; to abolish; to resign; to give up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうし]
    (n,vs) suspension; stoppage; discontinuance; interruption   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • める   [ひきとめる]
    (v1) to detain; to check; to restrain   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • むをない   [やむをえない]
    (exp) cannot be helped; unavoidable   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていし]
    (n,vs) suspension; interruption; stoppage; ban; standstill; deadlock; stalemate; abeyance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぼうし]
    (n,vs) prevention; check   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • まる   [たちどまる]
    (v5r) to stop; to halt; to stand still   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • まる   [とどまる]
    (v5r) (1) to remain; to abide; to stay (in the one place); (2) to come to a halt; (3) to stop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [うけとめる]
    (v1) to catch; to stop the blow; to react to; to take   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいし]
    (n) stillness; repose; standing still   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そし]
    (n,vs) obstruction; check; hindrance; prevention; interdiction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はいし]
    (n,vs) abolition; repeal   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • める   [ひきとめる]
    (v1) to detain; to check; to restrain   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうし]
    (n,vs) pause; cessation; rest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きんしほう]
    (n) negative statute; law against something   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [うちとめる]
    (v1) to kill; to slay; to shoot to death; to bring down (bird)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [くちどめ]
    (n,vs) forbidding to speak; muzzling (a person)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • まり   [いきどまり]
    (n) dead end; no passage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [さしとめ]
    (n) prohibition; ban; suspension   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • めどなく   [とめどなく]
    (adv) endlessly; ceaselessly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とめがね]
    (iK) (n) clasp; snap fastener   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [はどめ]
    (n) brake   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [いとめる]
    (v1) to shoot dead; to make something one's own   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうしふ]
    (n) (1) full stop; period; (2) end   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [くいとめる]
    (v1) to check; to hold back   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [くいとめる]
    (v1) to check; to hold back   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいし]
    (n) control; check; restraint; inhibition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [あしどめ]
    (n,vs) house arrest; confinement; keeping indoors; inducement to stay   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [つうこうどめ]
    (n) No Thoroughfare!; Road Blocked!   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はとば]
    (n) wharf; quay; landing-stage; jetty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よくし]
    (n) check; checkmate; stave off; control; restraint   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たちいりきんし]
    (exp,n) no entry; Keep Off!; No Trespassing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たちいりきんし]
    (exp,n) no entry; Keep Off!; No Trespassing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たちいりきんし]
    (exp,n) no entry; Keep Off!; No Trespassing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たちいりきんし]
    (exp,n) no entry; Keep Off!; No Trespassing   [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.