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beset

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verb be·set \bi-ˈset, bē-\

Simple Definition of beset

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of beset

beset

besetting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set or stud with or as if with ornaments

  3. 2 :  trouble, harass <inflation besets the economy>

  4. 3 a :  to set upon :  assail <the settlers were beset by savages> b :  to hem in :  surround

besetment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of beset in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of beset

Middle English besetten, from Old English besettan, from be- + settan to set


First Known Use: before 12th century



BESET Defined for Kids

beset

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verb be·set \bi-ˈset\

Definition of beset for Students

beset

besetting

  1. 1 :  to attack violently <The traveler was beset by wild beasts.>

  2. 2 :  surround 1 <a moon beset with clouds>

  3. 3 :  to cause problems or difficulties for <Doubts beset him.>





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