Readings & Meanings:
war, office, duty, role, service
She likes the leading man of that drama.
I'm going to city hall.
He committed a burglary and was sentenced to 20 years of hard labor.
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Gyou-nin-ben, 彳, on the left. Think of 行く.
殳 on the right. While this seems to be a pictograph of a pike, Kanji Networks says it is "almost exclusively used as an action indicator." See below, from this page.
Five elements having something to do with a hand account for nearly all action indicators. These are 手, 又, 寸, 殳 (originally, a hand placing an object upright) and 攴 (variant form: 攵), originally a hand wielding a stick.
The only other action indicator used with any frequency is 彳. Drawn from the left side of 行 go/crossroads, 彳 normally indicates "movement," but functions as an action indicator in characters such as 律, 得, 徳, 徹 and 循.
Among other elements employed as action indicators are 廾 pair of hands (in 弊), 夂 leg (in 腹), and 辵 movement (in 選).
So two action indicators in one kanji! The time for action is clearly now.
役 means go to your post, immediately! Do not pass go, do not collect $200. We're at war, soldier. Report!