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

stroke order illustration  
Bushu (Radical) Info:
辷 (しんにゅう, すべ.る, すべ.らす) – road; glide; skate; slip; fail in exams; (kokuji)
込 (-こ.む, こ.む, こ.み, -こ.み, こ.める, こみ, ごめ) – crowded; mixture; in bulk; included; (kokuji)
Henshall Mnemonic: stop and stare, then move back in retreat
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 5
Frequency: #424 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  • 退   [たいいん]
    (n,vs) leaving hospital   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • 退   [たいくつ]
    (adj-na,n,vs) tedium; boredom   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [いんたい]
    (n,vs) retire   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • 退ける   [どける]
    (v1) to remove; to take away; to dislodge; to put something out of the way   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • 退   [じたい]
    (n) refusal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [こうたい]
    (n,vs) retreat; backspace (BS)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [だったい]
    (n,vs) secession; retirement; withdrawal (e.g. from a lawsuit)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいがく]
    (n) dropping out of school   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいじ]
    (n,vs) extermination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいしょく]
    (n,vs) retirement (from office)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • 退   [ちゅうたい]
    (n) leaving school during a term   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [げんたい]
    (n,vs) decline; ebb; failure; loss   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [しんたい]
    (n) movement; course of action; advance or retreat   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退い   [しんたいうかがい]
    (n) informal (unofficial) resignation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [ふたいてん]
    (n) determination; conviction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [すいたい]
    (n,vs) decline; decay   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [てったい]
    (n,vs) evacuation; withdrawal; revocation; repeal; retreat   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退き   [たちのき]
    (n) eviction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退く   [たちのく]
    (v5k) to evacuate; to clear out; to vacate; to withdraw; to take refuge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [ゆうたい]
    (n,vs) bowing out; retiring voluntarily   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [はいたい]
    (n,vs) being defeated; being eliminated (from competition)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [ひきどき]
    a good time to quit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退ける   [のける]
    (v1) to remove; to take away; to dislodge; to put something out of the way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [そうたい]
    (n,vs) leave early   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいかん]
    (n) retirement from office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいきゃく]
    (n) retreat; withdrawal; retirement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいきょ]
    (n,vs) departure; leaving; going away; recession   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいしゃ]
    (n,vs) resignation; leaving office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいじょう]
    (n,vs) leaving; exit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいじん]
    (n) retreat; withdrawal; retirement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいだん]
    (n) leaving a group or troupe   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいにん]
    (n,vs) retirement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいはい]
    (n) degeneration; decadence; deterioration; laxness; corruption   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいはいてき]
    (adj-na) degenerate; decadent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいひ]
    (n,vs) taking refuge; evacuation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
Find more details for 退 at, Yookoso! or WWWJDIC


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.