Definition of beset verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

beset

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈset//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈset//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beset
BrE BrE//bɪˈset//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈset//
 
he / she / it besets
BrE BrE//bɪˈsets//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsets//
 
past simple beset
BrE BrE//bɪˈset//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈset//
 
past participle beset
BrE BrE//bɪˈset//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈset//
 
-ing form besetting
BrE BrE//bɪˈsetɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsetɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] (formal) to affect somebody/something in an unpleasant or harmful way The team was beset by injury all season. It's one of the most difficult problems besetting our modern way of life. a life beset with financial worries Word Origin Old English besettan, from be- ‘about’ + settan of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zetten, German setzen.
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