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Definition of "beset" []

  • To attack from all sides. (verb-transitive)
  • To trouble persistently; harass. See Synonyms at attack. (verb-transitive)
  • To hem in; surround: "the mountains which beset it round” ( Nathaniel Hawthorne). (verb-transitive)
  • To stud, as with jewels. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "beset" in a sentence
  • "But the project is beset from the start by a fiendish enemy, and also that weird phantom of outer space, Zero Gravity."
  • "But there's an I-told-you-so attitude in the West Wing — a rare feel-good moment in a second term beset by a succession of crises."
  • "For Brown, appreciated by some but widely unloved, election day could mark the ignominious end of a three-year term beset by division within his party, relentless media sniping and the near-collapse of the British economy."