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食 means 'eat' or 'food'

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Strokes : 9    Radical number: 184    Frequency: 142   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-3    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 3    Beginner lesson: 12   Begins 277 words   Used in 731 words   Used in 93 names   Component in 19 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ショク   ジキ
   food   べる to eat    to eat
Kun   らう   は
Name    ぐい
饣 (Chinese)   ⻠ (Chinese)         ⾷ (Chinese)         𩙿  
Many forms exist with slight variations for use as components (eg: 𩙿). Other forms exist which are visually identical but have different Unicode code points.
Find out about the "food" radical populating kanji such as (230: to drink), (247: building), and (1322: to have an animal), and see why any of those things have a connection to food.
⿱  𠆢 () man   good  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 食 is used 41 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 食 is used 674 times, read 5 ways (with 3 variations).
Note: kanji quick view shows the most useful word for each reading which is also the most common variant, and in the 10,000 most useful words in Japanese. Words shown here draw from all words in Japanese and include less common forms.
ショク : 430 words FIND ALL
1. meal
2. to eat
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ジキ : 19 words FIND ALL
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ショク (read as しょっ) : 14 words FIND ALL
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: 137 words FIND ALL
'u' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to eat  (male term or language)
2. to live; to make a living; to survive
(click the word to view an additional 7 meanings and 3 forms, examples and links)
べる : 36 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to eat
2. to live on (e.g. a salary); to live off; to subsist on
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(read as ぐ) : 29 words FIND ALL
thin person who eats a lot; big eater who stays thin  (see also: 痩せ)
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: 8 words FIND ALL
3 0
'su' godan verb, intransitive verb
to protrude; to stick out; to hang out; to jut out; to bulge out; to overflow; to be forced out; to be crowded out; to be pushed out; to exceed; to go over; to go beyond
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(read as ば) : 1 word FIND ALL
'mu' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to be worm-eaten; to be eaten by worms
2. to affect adversely; to spoil; to ruin; to undermine; to gnaw at (one's heart, body, etc.); to eat into; to destroy
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Henshall: 163 (originally: 146)  Joy o' Kanji : 146  Key to Kanji: 561 

Cascading kanji view

ショク   ジキ    food   たべる to eat   く to eat   
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リョウ   よ good   
ジン   ニン   ひと man   
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