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beset

be·set

beset

 
pronunciation:
b set
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: beset, besets, besetting
definition 1: to set upon or assail from all sides; besiege.
The villagers were beset by marauding soldiers.
synonyms:
beleaguer, besiege, siege
similar words:
assail, attack, harass, hem, surround
definition 2: to trouble constantly; harass.
She has become beset by her fears.
 
synonyms:
badger, bedevil, beleaguer, harass, hound, nag, pester, plague
similar words:
annoy, besiege, bother, bug, hassle, torment, trouble, vex, worry
Word Parts
The word beset contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.