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役 means 'office'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 322   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-8    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 21    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 68 words   Used in 266 words   Used in 124 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ヤク   エキ
Name    ちゃく
⿰   step   lance shaft  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 役 is used 21 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 役 is used 260 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
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ヤク : 202 words FIND ALL
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noun
part; assigning (allotment of) parts; role; duties
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エキ : 57 words FIND ALL
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1. active duty; active service
2. student taking (university) entrance exams while still enrolled in school; student who passed their university entrance exams on the first try  (see also: 浪人; often as 現役で)
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ヤク (read as やっ) : 1 word FIND ALL
noun
board of directors
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An additional 6 less common words include 役 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 419 (originally: 397)  Joy o' Kanji : 397  Key to Kanji: 1016 

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ヤク   エキ    office, role; service   
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step
lance shaft   
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キ    table   
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