verb \bi-ˈset, bē-\

: to cause problems or difficulties for (someone or something)


Full Definition of BESET

transitive verb
:  to set or stud with or as if with ornaments
:  trouble, harass <inflation besets the economy>
a :  to set upon :  assail <the settlers were beset by savages>
b :  to hem in :  surround
be·set·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of BESET

  1. A lack of money is the greatest problem besetting the city today.
  2. <he's been beset by a lack of self-confidence virtually his entire life>

Origin of BESET

Middle English besetten, from Old English besettan, from be- + settan to set
First Known Use: before 12th century


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