beleaguer


be·lea·guer

transitive verb \bi-ˈlē-gər, bē-\

: to cause constant or repeated trouble for (a person, business, etc.)

be·lea·guered be·lea·guer·ing\-g(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of BELEAGUER

1
:  besiege
2
:  trouble, harass <beleaguered parents> <an economically beleaguered city>
be·lea·guer·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of BELEAGUER

  1. the lack of funds that beleaguers schools
  2. <beleaguered the castle for months>

Origin of BELEAGUER

Dutch belegeren, from be- (akin to Old English be-) + leger camp; akin to Old High German legar bed — more at lair
First Known Use: 1587

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