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
Kela has been beset with biceps tendonitis off and on for the past five weeks.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, the FN is itself beset by internal dissension.
Trump was supposed to spend all this week promoting his infrastructure package, but he and top aides have been beset by distractions, staffing shortages and confusion over where money for the infrastructure program would originate.
The RailCats have been beset by injuries to their pitching staff, including this week.
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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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