Japanese Word Entry

  1. to pull, to tug, to lead (e.g. a horse)

  2. to draw (attention, sympathy, etc.), to attract (e.g. interest)

  3. to draw back (e.g. one's hand), to draw in (one's chin, stomach, etc.), to pull in

  4. to draw (a card, mahjong tile, etc.)

  5. to draw (a line, plan, etc.)

  6. to catch (a cold)

  7. to play (a stringed or keyboard instrument)

  8. to look up (in a dictionary, phone book, etc.), to consult, to check

  9. to haul, to pull (vehicles)

  10. to subtract, to deduct

  11. to recede, to ebb, to fade

  12. to be descend from, to inherit (a characteristic)

  13. to quote, to cite, to raise (as evidence)

  14. to lay on (electricity, gas, etc.), to install (e.g. a telephone), to supply (e.g. water)

  15. to hold (e.g. a note)

  16. to apply (e.g. lipstick), to oil (e.g. a pan), to wax (e.g. a floor)

  17. to move back, to draw back, to recede

  18. to lessen, to subside, to ebb, to go down (e.g. of swelling)

  19. to resign, to retire, to quit

Alternative forms:
  • 曳く 【 ひく (hiku) 】

  • 牽く 【 ひく (hiku) 】

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Chinese characters used in this word

pull, tug, jerk, admit, install, quote, refer to, to pull, draw out, attract, to stretch
Mandarin: ㄧㄣˇ (yǐn)
Cantonese: jan5
Japanese: イン (in) / ひ.く (hiku)、 ひ.ける (hikeru)
Korean: 인 (in)
Vietnamese: dẫn, dấn

pull, tug, jerk, admit, install, quote, refer to, trail, tow, drag
Mandarin: ㄓㄨㄞˋ (zhuài), ㄧˋ (yì), ㄧㄝˋ (yè)
Cantonese: jai6
Japanese: エイ (ei) / ひ.く (hiku)
Korean: 예 (ye)
Vietnamese: duệ, dấy

pull, tug, drag, lead by hand
Mandarin: ㄑㄧㄢ (qiān), ㄑㄧㄢˋ (qiàn)
Cantonese: hin1
Japanese: ケン (ken) / ひ.く (hiku)
Korean: 견 (gyeon)
Vietnamese: khiên, khản
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