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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
beset
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 ?
The stream Besets a grim array where order reigns, Though many hearts may beat, where discipline Is all, and life of no account.
The wives and daughters of these incomparably great and wise magi,'" continued Scheherazade, without being in any manner disturbed by these frequent and most ungentlemanly interruptions on the part of her husband -- "'the wives and daughters of these eminent conjurers are every thing that is accomplished and refined; and would be every thing that is interesting and beautiful, but for an unhappy fatality that besets them, and from which not even the miraculous powers of their husbands and fathers has, hitherto, been adequate to save.
For years he had been beset with no- tions concerning his heart.
What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path, amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night
It may be but an idle whim, but it has always seemed to me, that the extraordinary vacillations of movement displayed by some whales when beset by three or four boats; the timidity and liability to queer frights, so common to such whales;
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.
We seem so beset with difficulties on every side, that though it would make us miserable for a time, we should be happier perhaps in the end.
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.
uf; ``they will beset every path, and rip the errand out of his bosom.
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.
Justice held her ground, undisturbed and unassailed by the efforts of favour and of interest, that now so much impair, pervert, and beset her.
They know from experience that they sometimes err; and the wonder is that they so seldom err as they do, beset, as they continually are, by the wiles of parasites and sycophants, by the snares of the ambitious, the avaricious, the desperate, by the artifices of men who possess their confidence more than they deserve it, and of those who seek to possess rather than to deserve it.