持 means 'hold'

Animation / stroke order not available.
LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
Strokes : 9    Frequency: 95   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-3    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 8    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 133 words   Used in 348 words   Used in 451 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   to hold, to have
Kun    -も   もてる
Name    もち   もつ
⿰   () hand   temple  
Explore these components visually on The Kanji Map ⇗
LOG IN to view kanji mastery data
LOG IN to view your flashcards
In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 持 is used 16 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 持 is used 329 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations).
ジ : 104 words FIND ALL
maintenance; preservation; improvement
(click the word for examples and links)
: 189 words FIND ALL
1. to hold (in one's hand); to take; to carry
2. to possess; to have; to own
(click the word to view an additional 3 meanings, useful expressions, examples and links)
(read as もつ) : 1 word FIND ALL
topmouth gudgeon; stone moroko (Pseudorasbora parva)  (often written with kana only)
(click the word to view an additional 1 form, examples and links)
もち: 35 words. FIND ALL
stock holdings; one's shares
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms, examples and links)
An additional 21 less common words include 持 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 310 (originally: 294)  Joy o' Kanji : 294  Key to Kanji: 442 

Cascading kanji view

ジ   も to hold, to have   
Please LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
ジ   temple   てら Buddhist temple   
Please LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
スン   inch
ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
Problem with this kanji? Question or comment? Please CONTACT US.
Kanshudo is your AI Japanese tutor, and your constant companion on the road to mastery of the Japanese language. To get started learning Japanese, just follow the study recommendations on your Dashboard. You can use Quick search (accessible using the icon at the top of every page) to look up any Japanese word, kanji or grammar point, as well as to find anything on Kanshudo quickly. For an overview, take the tour.
Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points, examples), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.