- IPA: /bɪˈsɛt/
beset (besets, present participle besetting; past beset, past participle beset)
- (transitive) To surround or hem in.
- (transitive, sometimes, figurative) To attack or assail, especially from all sides.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (
please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
- “Nay, for matter o’ that, he never doth any mischief,” said the woman; “but to be sure it is necessary he should keep some arms for his own safety; for his house hath been beset more than once; and it is not many nights ago that we thought we heard thieves about it […]
- (transitive) To decorate something with jewels etc.
- (nautical) Of a ship, to get trapped by ice.
- Italian: circondare
- Portuguese: cercar
- Russian: окружа́ть
- Spanish: cercar, sitiar
- Italian: incastonare
- Russian: украша́ть
- Russian: заледене́ть