世 means 'world'

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Strokes : 5    Frequency: 70   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-3    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 7    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 211 words   Used in 505 words   Used in 2538 names   Component in 39 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   セ   セイ
   the world
On    ソウ
Kun    さんじゅう
Name    とし   ゆ   ゆき
 to be  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 世 is used 15 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 世 is used 493 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
セ : 283 words FIND ALL
1. the world; society; the universe
2. sphere; circle; world
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セイ : 130 words FIND ALL
century; era
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セ (read as ぜ) : 15 words FIND ALL
1. past, present and future existences  (Buddhist term)
2. three generations  (this meaning is restricted to reading さんぜ)
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よ : 65 words FIND ALL
expression, noun
society; the world; the times
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An additional 也 less common words include 世 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 344 (originally: 327)  Joy o' Kanji : 327  Key to Kanji: 588 

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セ   セイ   よ the world   
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