Definition of beset
1 : to set or stud with or as if with ornaments a crown beset with rubies … leaves, whose edges were beset with thorns … — J. G. Frazer
besetmentplay \-mənt\ noun
Examples of beset in a Sentence
A lack of money is the greatest problem besetting the city today.
he's been beset by a lack of self-confidence virtually his entire life
Recent Examples of beset from the Web
Murad’s remarks echo earlier military statements that Omarkhayyam Maute has been wounded early in the fighting and that the militants have been beset by infighting as the siege dragged on.
Kela has been beset with biceps tendonitis off and on for the past five weeks.
While beset by constant overseas competitors and a fickle marketplace, U.S. manufacturing — especially in urban areas — is starting to rebound.
In 2011, former Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen found MSD at the time was beset by poor management, lax business practices, conflicts of interest and wasteful spending.
In this brief five-minute look at the game there’s your ship headquarters, surrounded by cerulean ocean waves, an island town full of rocky shoals and beach huts, and a desert ruin beset by a sandstorm.
The arrest is another blow for the small West Miami-Dade city beset by the arrests of public officials in recent years, many of them stemming from a twisted relationship with a tow company that worked in cahoots with cops to shake down motorists.
Rio de Janeiro, beset by complaints about its infrastructure in the run-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, used Waze’s data to validate locations for two new highways and then to manage traffic and road closings during the games.
Member states hope the project will boost scientific discovery and open a window to a better future for a region beset by war, boycotts and closed borders.
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Origin and Etymology of beset
Middle English besetten, from Old English besettan, from be- + settan to set
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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: to cause problems or difficulties for (someone or something)
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