沖 means 'offshore'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 1085   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-11    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 44 words   Used in 47 words   Used in 706 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   おき offshore; open sea
Kun    おきつ   わく   ちゅうする
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This kanji brings us into fascinating realms, including an island so sacred that women are forbidden to enter, offshore earthquakes that cause tsunamis, and World War II battles that the Japanese still analyze for their lessons about failure. Above all, studying 沖 takes us to Okinawa, whose distinctive culture bears the influences of surrounding nations. As such, it is the birthplace of karate!
⿰   () water   middle  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 沖 is used 6 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 沖 is used 41 times, read 2 ways.
チュウ : 9 words FIND ALL
suru verb - special class
to rise up into the air; to ascend into the sky
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おき : 32 words FIND ALL
offshore; open sea
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An additional 5 less common words include 沖 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1583  Joy o' Kanji : 1583  Key to Kanji:

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チュウ   おき offshore; open sea   
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チュウ   ジュウ   なか middle   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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スイ   みず water   
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