beset

verb be·set \ bi-ˈset , bē- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of beset

beset; besetting
transitive verb
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
2 :trouble, harass
  • inflation besets the economy
3 a :to set upon :assail
  • the explorers were beset by wolves
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

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Origin and Etymology of beset

Middle English besetten, from Old English besettan, from be- + settan to set



BESET Defined for English Language Learners

beset

verb

Definition of beset for English Language Learners

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


BESET Defined for Kids

beset

verb be·set \ bi-ˈset \

Definition of beset for Students

beset; besetting
1 :to attack violently The traveler was beset by wild beasts.
2 :surround 1 a moon beset with clouds
3 :to cause problems or difficulties for
  • Doubts beset him.


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