beset

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verb be·set \bi-ˈset, bē-\

Definition of beset

beset

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besetting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

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

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

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 English Language Learners

beset

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verb be·set \bi-ˈset, bē-\

Definition of beset for English Language Learners

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


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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