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beset

[bih-set]
verb (used with object), 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; bestud: a gold bracelet beset with jewels.
4.
Nautical. to surround (a vessel) by ice, so that control of the helm is lost.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English besetten, Old English besettan. See be-, set

besetment, noun
besetter, noun
prebeset, verb (used with object), prebeset, prebesetting.
unbeset, adjective


2. encircle, enclose, besiege, beleaguer. 3. stud, decorate, ornament.
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beset (bɪˈsɛt)
 
vb , -sets, -setting, -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
 
be'setter
 
n

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beset
O.E. besettan "to put, place; own, keep; cover, surround with, besiege," from P.Gmc. *bisatjan (cf. O.S. bisettjan, Ger. besetzen, Goth. bisatjan); see be- + set (v.). The figurative sense also was in O.E.
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