Definitions

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  • v. To get in front of; intercept; waylay; entrap.
  • v. To upset; hinder.
  • v. To beset; surround; invest; surround with difficulties; bar; impede.
  • v. To overpower; give one too much of anything; surfeit.
  • v. To overburden or overpower with work; overwork; overtax.
  • n. A strategem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as forcet.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forsetten, from Old English forsettan ("to hedge in, obstruct, oppress"), equivalent to for- +‎ set. Cognate with Dutch verzetten ("to move"), German versetzen ("to put, move, transfer, transpose"), Swedish försätta ("to go on, remove, set").

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