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 savagesb :  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

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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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