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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)
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   ショク   ジキ
Kun
   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 (drink), (building), and (raise animals), 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 45 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 食 is used 675 times, read 5 ways (with 3 variations).
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ショク : 430 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. meal
2. to eat
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ジキ : 19 words FIND ALL
4
Most common form: だんじき
fasting
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ショク (read as しょっ) : 14 words FIND ALL
0
noun
tableware
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: 137 words FIND ALL
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'u' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to eat  (male term or language)
2. to live; to make a living; to survive
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べる : 37 words FIND ALL
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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
0
profit-taking  (finance term)
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'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
3
Most common form: 蝕む
'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 

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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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