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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provokeverb

    annoy continually or chronically

    "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"

  2. beset, set uponverb

    assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"

  3. encrust, incrust, besetverb

    decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)


  1. besetverb

    To surround or hem in

  2. besetverb

    To attack, especially from all sides

  3. besetverb

    To decorate something with jewels etc

  4. besetverb

    Of a ship, to get trapped by ice

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beset

    of Beset

  2. Besetverb

    to set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects

  3. Besetverb

    to hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to blockade

  4. Besetverb

    to set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; -- said of dangers, obstacles, etc

  5. Besetverb

    to occupy; to employ; to use up

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beset

    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.'

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beset in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beset in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of beset in a Sentence

  1. Henry Miller:

    What we all hope in reaching for a book, is to meet a man of our own heart, to experience tragedies and delights which we ourselves lack the courage to invite, to dream dreams which will render life more hallucinating, perhaps also to discover a philosophy of life which will make us more adequate in meeting the trials and ordeals which beset us. To merely add to our store of knowledge or improve our culture, whatever that may mean, seems worthless to me.

  2. Andy Sullivan:

    The market has been beset with worries and actually things are not so bad, although the start of the Q3 results have been messy, there are enough positive signs on earnings growth to keep markets positive. The world is not ending, things are more or less on track.

  3. Julian Emanuel:

    When you look at the first five months of the year it has been an emotional roller coaster that has been beset with investor cognitive errors, most glaring of which was discounting the recession that never happened in January and February.

  4. RJ Intindola:

    When beset with doubt in troubled times, and those about you will understand if you come unglued, stay the ground and face the challenge. Fore when you stand alone to confront life's highest mountains, the next shall be easier to climb.

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