Be*set" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beset; p. pr. & vb. n. Besetting.] [AS. besettan (akin to OHG. bisazjan, G. besetzen, D. bezetten); pref. be- + settan to set. See Set.]

1.

To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects.

A robe of azure beset with drops of gold. Spectator.

The garden is so beset with all manner of sweet shrubs that it perfumes the air. Evelyn.

2.

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

"Beset with foes."

Milton.

Let thy troops beset our gates. Addison.

3.

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

"Adam, sore beset, replied." Milton. "Beset with ills." Addison. "Incommodities which beset old age." Burke.

4.

To occupy; to employ; to use up.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

Syn. -- To surround; inclose; environ; hem in; besiege; encircle; encompass; embarrass; urge; press.

 

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