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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke(verb)

    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 upon(verb)

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

  3. encrust, incrust, beset(verb)

    decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)


  1. beset(Verb)

    To surround or hem in

  2. beset(Verb)

    To attack, especially from all sides

  3. beset(Verb)

    To decorate something with jewels etc

  4. beset(Verb)

    Of a ship, to get trapped by ice

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beset

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  2. Beset(verb)

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

  3. Beset(verb)

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

  4. Beset(verb)

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

  5. Beset(verb)

    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.'

Anagrams for beset »

  1. beest

  2. beets

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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