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verb [transitive] [often passive] formal beset pronunciation in British English /bɪˈset/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybeset
he/she/itbesets
present participlebesetting
past tensebeset
past participlebeset
  1. to cause someone difficulty or danger over a period of time
    The family was beset by money troubles.
    the economic realities besetting the inner city

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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