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

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entrust to

Bushu (Radical) Info:
人 (ひと) – person
化 (カ, ケ, ば.ける, ば.かす, ふ.ける, け.する) – change; take the form of; influence; enchant; delude; -ization
个 (カ , コ, こ, ひ) – counter for articles; individual
Henshall Mnemonic: entrust jewels to person on duty
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 5
Frequency: #217 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N3 Words

  •   [せきにん]
    (n) duty; responsibility   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • せる   [まかせる]
    (v1) (1) to entrust to another; to leave to; (2) to do something at one's leisure   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [しゅうにん]
    (n,vs) inauguration; assumption of office   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [しゅにん]
    (n) person in charge; responsible official   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんにん]
    (n,vs) trust; confidence; credence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんにん]
    (n) change of post   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [まかす]
    (v5s) to entrust; to leave to a person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんむ]
    (n) duty; function; office; mission; task   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんめい]
    (n) appointment; nomination; ordination; commission; designation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふにん]
    (n,vs) (proceeding to) new appointment   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いにん]
    (n) charge; trust   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちにん]
    (n,vs) entrusting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいにん]
    (n,vs) dismissal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいじせきにん]
    criminal liability   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんにん]
    (n) concurrent post   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうにん]
    (n) successor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいにん]
    (n) reappointment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ざいにん]
    (n) being in office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じにん]
    (n,vs) self-appointment; pretension   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じにん]
    (n,vs) resignation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょにんきゅう]
    (n) initial salary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうにん]
    (n) standing; regular; permanent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうにんいいんかい]
    (n) standing committee   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんにん]
    (n) inaugural; new   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せきにんかん]
    (n) sense of responsibility   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せきにんしゃ]
    (n) responsible party   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんにん]
    (n) full-time service   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんにん]
    (n) election   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 退   [たいにん]
    (n,vs) retirement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんしんふにん]
    (n) (1) solo assignment; (2) transfer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんにん]
    (n) in charge (of something)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうぎてきせきにん]
    (n) moral obligation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にん]
    (n) obligation; duty; charge; responsibility   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんい]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) any; arbitrary; optional; pleasure; discretion; free will   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんき]
    (n) term of office   [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.