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養 means 'to rear'

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Strokes : 15    Frequency: 783   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-5    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 65 words   Used in 192 words   Used in 481 names   Component in 5 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ヨウ
Kun
   やしな to rear, to support, to cultivate
On    リョウ
Name   
⿱  𦍌 () sheep   eat; food  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 養 is used 12 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 養 is used 192 times, read 2 ways.
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nutrition; nourishment
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'u' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to support; to maintain; to provide for; to bring up; to raise; to rear; to feed; to adopt (a child)  (see also: 養い)
2. to cultivate (a habit, a quality, etc.); to develop; to build up
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Henshall: 624 (originally: 594)  Joy o' Kanji : 594  Key to Kanji: 1044 

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ヨウ   やしな to rear, to support, to cultivate   
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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   
ヨウ   ひつじ sheep   
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