Etymology
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beset (v.)

Old English besettan "to put, place; own, keep; occupy, settle; cover, surround with, besiege," from Proto-Germanic *bisatjan (source also of Old Saxon bisettjan, Dutch bezetten, Old High German bisezzan, German besetzen, Gothic bisatjan); see be- + set (v.). The figurative sense "to press upon vigorously from all sides" also was in Old English. Related: Beset (past tense); besetting.

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Definitions of beset

beset (v.)
annoy continually or chronically;
Synonyms: harass / hassle / harry / chivy / chivvy / chevy / chevvy / plague / molest / provoke
beset (v.)
assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards";
Synonyms: set upon
beset (v.)
decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems);
Synonyms: encrust / incrust
From wordnet.princeton.edu