besets, besetting
(The form beset is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle.)
If someone or something is beset by problems or fears, they have many problems or fears which affect them severely.

[be V-ed by/with n] The country is beset by severe economic problems...

[be V-ed by/with n] The discussions were beset with difficulties.

[V n] ...the problems now besetting the country.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • beset — beset …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Beset — Be*set , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beset}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besetting}.] [AS. besettan (akin to OHG. bisazjan, G. besetzen, D. bezetten); pref. be + settan to set. See {Set}.] 1. To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beset — BESET. s. masc. Terme dont on se sert au Trictrac, et qui se dit, lorsque du même coup de dé, un joueur amène deux as. J ai amené beset …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • beset — (v.) O.E. besettan to put, place; own, keep; occupy, settle; cover, surround with, besiege, from P.Gmc. *bisatjan (Cf. O.S. bisettjan, Du. bezetten, O.H.G. bisezzan, Ger. besetzen, Goth. bisatjan); see be + SET (Cf. set) (v.). The figurative… …   Etymology dictionary

  • beset — ► VERB (besetting; past and past part. beset) ▪ trouble or harass persistently. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • beset — [bē set′, biset′] vt. beset, besetting [ME bisetten < OE besettan: see BE & SET] 1. to cover or set thickly with; stud 2. to attack from all sides; harass or besiege 3. to surround or hem in SYN. ATTACK besetment …   English World dictionary

  • beset — index accost, assail, attack, badger, bait (harass), discommode, dun, embarrass …   Law dictionary

  • beset — overrun, *infest Analogous words: *worry, annoy, harass, harry, pester, plague: assail, *attack, assault …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • beset — [v] plague; hem in aggress, assail, attack, badger, bedevil, beleaguer, besiege, bug*, circle*, compass, dog*, drive up the wall*, embarrass, encircle, enclose, encompass, entangle, environ, fall on, fall upon, girdle, give a bad time*, give a… …   New thesaurus

  • beset — besetment, n. besetter, n. /bi set /, v.t., 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; …   Universalium

  • beset — UK [bɪˈset] / US verb [transitive, often passive] Word forms beset : present tense I/you/we/they beset he/she/it besets present participle besetting past tense beset past participle beset formal to cause someone difficulty or danger over a period …   English dictionary

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