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Definitions of beset

  1. to assail or attack on all sides:"The lioness..beset by men and hounds." Pope Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. decorate or cover lavishly with gems Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. of Beset Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to blockade. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To occupy; to employ; to use up. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; - said of dangers, obstacles, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To set with ornaments or prominent objects; as, a crown beset with gems; to attack; to harass; to hem in; to surround; as, a spy is constantly beset with dangers; to press upon all sides. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Beset. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Besetting. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To surround or inclose to waylay: to perplex:-pr.p. besetting; pa.t. and pa.p. beset'. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To surround; waylay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To attack; harass; embarrass; waylay. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To surround; to press on all sides, so as to perplex; to fall upon. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To surround; to enclose; to press on all sides; to perplex. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; -- said of dangers, obstacles, etc. mso.anu.edu.au
  19. To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; said of dangers, obstacles, etc. dictgcide_fs
  20. be-set', v.t. to surround or set round with anything (now only in pa.p.): to surround with hostile intentions, to besiege: to occupy so as to allow none to go out or in: to assail, perplex, endanger, as by temptations, obstacles, &c.:--pr.p. beset'ting; pa.t. and pa.p. beset'.--ns. BESET'MENT; BESET'TER.--p.adj. BESET'TING, that besets, as in 'besetting sin.' gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. (-tting, past& p.p. -set). Hem in, set upon, (person); occupy& make impassable (road &c.); (of difficulties, temptations, &c.) assail, encompass, (besetting sin, that most frequently tempts one). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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