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Definition of BESET

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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 Webster]

              A robe of azure beset with drops of gold.
                                                    --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

              The garden is so beset with all manner of sweet shrubs that it perfumes the air.      --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

     2. To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to blockade. "Beset with foes." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              Let thy troops beset our gates.       --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     3. To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; -- said of dangers, obstacles, etc. "Adam, sore beset, replied."
        --Milton. "Beset with ills." --Addison. "Incommodities which beset old age." --Burke. [1913 Webster]

     4. To occupy; to employ; to use up. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: To surround; inclose; environ; hem in; besiege; encircle; encompass; embarrass; urge; press. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

279 Moby Thesaurus words for "beset":
     abashed, afflict, afflicted, aggravate, agitated, ail, annoy, annoyed, anxious, apply pressure, assail, assault, attack, badger, badgered, bait, baited, barred, be at, be the matter, bedevil, bedeviled, beleaguer, beleaguered, besiege, besieged, blandish, blockade, blockaded, bother, bothered, bound, box in, bristle, brown off, bug, bugged, bullyrag, bullyragged, burn up, buttonhole, cabined, cage, caged, cajole, cast down, chagrined, chamber, chapfallen, chivied, chivy, circle, cloistered, close in, closed-in, coax, compass, compel, complicate matters, concern, confined, confused, contain, coop, coop in, coop up, cooped, cordon, cordon off, cordoned, cordoned off, corral, corralled, cramped, crawl with, creep with, cribbed, devil, deviled, discomfited, discomforted, discommode, discompose, discomposed, disconcerted, disquieted, distemper, distress, distressed, disturb, disturbed, dog, dogged, drive, dun, embarrassed, encircle, enclose, enclosed, encompass, enshrine, envelop, environ, exasperate, exercise, exert pressure, fall, fash, fence in, fenced, fret, fretted, gem, get, gird, girdle, grip, gripe, grubby, harass, harassed, harried, harry, haunt, haunted, heckle, heckled, hector, hectored, hedge in, hedged, hem, hem in, hemmed, hold, hound, hounded, house in, hung up, hunt, ill at ease, immured, impel, importune, impound, imprison, imprisoned, incarcerate, incarcerated, include, inconvenience, inconvenienced, infatuate, infest, infested, invade, invest, irk, irked, jail, jailed, jewel, kennel, lay siege to, leaguer, leaguered, lousy, mew, mew up, mewed, miff, molest, mortified, nag, nag at, needle, needled, nettle, nipped at, not let go, nudzh, obsess, oppress, out of countenance, overrun, overspread, overswarm, paled, pedicular, pediculous, peeve, pen, pen in, penned, pent-up, perplex, persecute, persecuted, perturb, perturbed, pester, pestered, pick on, picked on, pique, plague, plagued, pluck the beard, ply, pocket, possess, pother, preoccupy, press, pressure, provoke, pursue, push, put out, put to it, put-out, put-upon, puzzle, puzzled, quarantine, quarantined, ragged, rail in, railed, ratty, ravage, ravaged, restrained, ride, rile, ring, roil, ruffle, shrine, shut in, shut up, shut-in, soften up, sore beset, stable, storm, strike, surround, swarm, swarm with, tease, teased, teeming, torment, tormented, trouble, troubled, try the patience, tweak the nose, uncomfortable, uneasy, upset, urge, vex, vexed, victimize, wall in, walled, walled-in, wheedle, work on, wormy, worried, worried sick, worried stiff, worry, wrap, yard, yard up

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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