Beset - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɪˈset|  American pronunciation of the word beset
Brit.  |bɪˈsɛt|  British pronunciation of the word beset
- annoy continually or chronically (syn: chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke)
- assail or attack on all sides:
The zebra was beset by leopards
- decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems) (syn: encrust)


A lack of money is the greatest problem besetting the city today.

...he's been beset by a lack of self-confidence virtually his entire life...

The business has been beset with financial problems.

the injuries which have beset the team all season

It was the kind of hopelessness which gradually besets all people in a great town like London.

The zebra was beset by leopards

...after winning the lottery, she was beset by a whole scurvy swarm of con artists, ne'er-do-wells, and hangers-on...

...a heroine beset by the vacuous viridity that is so typical of romance novels...

...apparently beset by personal problems, the actor proceeded to melt down before startled theatergoers...

...beset by personal animosities, the people of the neighborhood could not cohere into an effective civic association...

...beset by prolonged heat and lingering racial tension, the city was like a seething volcano...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: beset
he/she/it: besets
present participle: besetting
past tense: beset
past participle: beset
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