beset
transitive verb (-set; -setting) Etymology: Middle English besetten, from Old English besettan, from be- + settan to set Date: before 12th century 1. to set or stud with or as if with ornaments 2. trouble, harass <
inflation besets the economy
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3. a. to set upon ; assail <
the settlers were beset by savages
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b. to hem in ; surroundbesetment noun

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  • beset — beset …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Beset — Be*set , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beset}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besetting}.] [AS. besettan (akin to OHG. bisazjan, G. besetzen, D. bezetten); pref. be + settan to set. See {Set}.] 1. To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beset — Be*set , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beset}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besetting}.] [AS. besettan (akin to OHG. bisazjan, G. besetzen, D. bezetten); pref. be + settan to set. See {Set}.] 1. To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beset — BESET. s. masc. Terme dont on se sert au Trictrac, et qui se dit, lorsque du même coup de dé, un joueur amène deux as. J ai amené beset …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • beset — (v.) O.E. besettan to put, place; own, keep; occupy, settle; cover, surround with, besiege, from P.Gmc. *bisatjan (Cf. O.S. bisettjan, Du. bezetten, O.H.G. bisezzan, Ger. besetzen, Goth. bisatjan); see be + SET (Cf. set) (v.). The figurative… …   Etymology dictionary

  • beset — ► VERB (besetting; past and past part. beset) ▪ trouble or harass persistently. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • beset — [bē set′, biset′] vt. beset, besetting [ME bisetten < OE besettan: see BE & SET] 1. to cover or set thickly with; stud 2. to attack from all sides; harass or besiege 3. to surround or hem in SYN. ATTACK besetment …   English World dictionary

  • beset — index accost, assail, attack, badger, bait (harass), discommode, dun, embarrass …   Law dictionary

  • beset — overrun, *infest Analogous words: *worry, annoy, harass, harry, pester, plague: assail, *attack, assault …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • beset — [v] plague; hem in aggress, assail, attack, badger, bedevil, beleaguer, besiege, bug*, circle*, compass, dog*, drive up the wall*, embarrass, encircle, enclose, encompass, entangle, environ, fall on, fall upon, girdle, give a bad time*, give a… …   New thesaurus

  • beset — besetment, n. besetter, n. /bi set /, v.t., beset, besetting. 1. to attack on all sides; assail; harass: to be beset by enemies; beset by difficulties. 2. to surround; hem in: a village beset on all sides by dense forest. 3. to set or place upon; …   Universalium

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