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
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
Definition of beset for English Language Learners
: to cause problems or difficulties for (someone or something)
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