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be·set

 (bĭ-sĕt′)
tr.v. be·set, be·set·ting, be·sets
1. To attack from all sides.
2. To trouble persistently; harass. See Synonyms at attack.
3. To hem in; surround: "the mountains which beset it round" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
4. To stud, as with jewels.

[Middle English bisetten, from Old English besettan; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

be·set′ment n.

beset

(bɪˈsɛt)
vb (tr) , -sets, -setting or -set
1. (esp of dangers, temptations, or difficulties) to trouble or harass constantly
2. to surround or attack from all sides
3. archaic to cover with, esp with jewels
beˈsetter n

be•set

(bɪˈsɛt)

v.t. -set, -set•ting.
1. to attack on all sides: The foe beset them.
2. to surround; hem in: a village beset by dense forest.
3. to stud: a gold bracelet beset with jewels.
[before 1000; Middle English besetten, Old English besettan. See be-, set]
be•set′ment, n.
be•set′ter, n.

beset


Past participle: beset
Gerund: besetting

Imperative
beset
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Present
I beset
you beset
he/she/it besets
we beset
you beset
they beset
Preterite
I beset
you beset
he/she/it beset
we beset
you beset
they beset
Present Continuous
I am besetting
you are besetting
he/she/it is besetting
we are besetting
you are besetting
they are besetting
Present Perfect
I have beset
you have beset
he/she/it has beset
we have beset
you have beset
they have beset
Past Continuous
I was besetting
you were besetting
he/she/it was besetting
we were besetting
you were besetting
they were besetting
Past Perfect
I had beset
you had beset
he/she/it had beset
we had beset
you had beset
they had beset
Future
I will beset
you will beset
he/she/it will beset
we will beset
you will beset
they will beset
Future Perfect
I will have beset
you will have beset
he/she/it will have beset
we will have beset
you will have beset
they will have beset
Future Continuous
I will be besetting
you will be besetting
he/she/it will be besetting
we will be besetting
you will be besetting
they will be besetting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been besetting
you have been besetting
he/she/it has been besetting
we have been besetting
you have been besetting
they have been besetting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been besetting
you will have been besetting
he/she/it will have been besetting
we will have been besetting
you will have been besetting
they will have been besetting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been besetting
you had been besetting
he/she/it had been besetting
we had been besetting
you had been besetting
they had been besetting
Conditional
I would beset
you would beset
he/she/it would beset
we would beset
you would beset
they would beset
Past Conditional
I would have beset
you would have beset
he/she/it would have beset
we would have beset
you would have beset
they would have beset
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.beset - annoy continually or chronicallybeset - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
needle, goad - goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
annoy, devil, gravel, irritate, nark, rile, vex, nettle, rag, bother, chafe, get at, get to - cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
bedevil, dun, rag, torment, frustrate, crucify - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
haze - harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
2.beset - assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"beset - assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"
assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
3.beset - decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)beset - decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

beset

verb plague, trouble, embarrass, torture, haunt, torment, harass, afflict, badger, perplex, pester, vex, entangle, bedevil The country is beset by severe economic problems.

beset

verb
1. To set upon with violent force:
2. To surround with hostile troops:
Idiom: lay siege to .
3. To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides:
4. To disturb by repeated attacks:
5. To shut in on all sides:
Translations
يُهاجِمُ مِن جَميعِ الجِهات
obklíčitobklopit
plage
ásækja úr öllum áttum; umkringja
apipultiapnikti
aplenktapstāt
hücum etmeksaldırmak

beset

[bɪˈset] (beset (pt, pp)) VT [+ person] → acosar
he was beset with or by fearsle acosaban los temores
a policy beset with dangersuna política plagada de peligros
a path beset with obstacles (fig) → un camino plagado de obstáculos

beset

[bɪˈsɛt] [beset] [bɪˈsɛt] (pt, pp)
vtassaillir
adj
to be beset with problems [person, country] → être assailli(e) de problèmes; [trip, project] → rencontrer de nombreuses difficultés

beset

pret, ptp <beset>
vt (difficulties, dangers)(von allen Seiten) bedrängen; (doubts)befallen; (temptations, trials)heimsuchen; to be beset with difficulties/danger (problem, journey etc)reich an or voller Schwierigkeiten/Gefahren sein; he was beset with difficultieser wurde von Schwierigkeiten heimgesucht; beset by doubtsvon Zweifeln befallen

beset

[bɪˈsɛt] (beset (pt, pp)) vt (afflict) → assillare; (attack) → assalire
a policy beset with dangers → una politica irta or piena di pericoli

beset

(biˈset) past tense, past participle beˈset verb
to attack on all sides. beset by thieves.
References in classic literature ?
Our men, beset with flank attacks, Surrender with their officers.
But the search for the Palace of Political Distinction is beset with one mighty peril.
Moody's habitual reserve--strengthened, on this occasion, by his dread of ridicule, if his efforts to serve Isabel ended in failure--disinclined him to take Lady Lydiard into his confidence, while his inquiries were still beset with obstacles and doubts.
I found her beset by a selfish and ungrateful brother, beset by an unacceptable wooer, beset by the snares of a more powerful lover, beset by the wiles of her own heart.
They had to be continually on the alert, too, against the mountain tribes, who beset every defile, laid ambuscades in their path, or attacked them in their night encampments; so that, of the hardy bands of trappers that first entered into these regions, three-fifths are said to have fallen by the hands of savage foes.
Now, when the die was cast, he was beset with doubts of his own wisdom.
Even in the last century the roads were much beset with danger; but in our own day, like most journeys, it is accomplished with ease and safety in a few hours.
For years he had been beset with no- tions concerning his heart.
At first the talk was a little gloomy, and ran mainly upon the shortness of life, the uncertainty of it, the perils which beset it, and the need and wisdom of being always prepared for the worst; this shaded off into low-voiced references to the dangers of the deep, and kindred matters; but as the gray east began to redden and the mysterious solemnity and silence of the dawn to give place to the joy-songs of the birds, the talk took a cheerier tone, and our spirits began to rise steadily.
Travelling hard all night, we found ourselves next morning past the plain; but the road we were in was not more commodious, the points of the rocks pierced our feet; to increase our perplexities we were alarmed with the approach of an armed troop, which our fear immediately suggested to be the Galles, who chiefly beset these passes of the mountains; we put ourselves on the defensive, and expected them, whom, upon a more exact examination, we found to be only a caravan of merchants come as usual to fetch salt.
Again, what irresistible temptations to fraudulent impostures must needs beset such a creature
Some of them beset the ship in their canoes, among whom was the Chinook chief Comcomly, and his liege subjects.