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English verb: beset

1. beset (emotion) annoy continually or chronically


SamplesHe is known to harry his staff when he is overworked.
This man harasses his female co-workers.


Synonymschevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex


Narrower (hyponym)bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, goad, haze, needle, rag, torment

2. beset (competition) assail or attack on all sides:


SamplesThe zebra was beset by leopards.


Synonymsset upon


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)assail, assault, attack, set on

3. beset (contact) decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)


Synonymsencrust, incrust


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament









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