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beset

[ bih-set ]
/ b瑟藞s蓻t /
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verb (used with object), be路set, be路set路ting.
to attack on all sides; assail.
to trouble greatly or grievously; to afflict with mental or physical suffering; harass: The best ideas are often beset by bureaucratic hurdles.Even as he was being beset with disasters, he triumphed.
to surround; hem in: The village was beset on all sides by dense forest.Our work will be beset with dangers.
to set or place upon; bestud: The gold bracelet she found was beset with jewels.
Nautical. to surround (a vessel) by ice, so that control of the helm is lost.
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Origin of beset

First recorded before 1000; from Middle English besetten, Old English besettan. See be-, set

OTHER WORDS FROM beset

be路set路ment, nounbe路set路ter, nounpre路be路set, verb (used with object), pre路be路set, pre路be路set路ting.un路be路set, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for beset

beset
/ (b瑟藞s蓻t) /

verb -sets, -setting or -set (tr)
(esp of dangers, temptations, or difficulties) to trouble or harass constantly
to surround or attack from all sides
archaic to cover with, esp with jewels

Derived forms of beset

besetter, noun
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