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beleaguer

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verb be·lea·guer \bi-ˈlē-gər, bē-\

Simple Definition of beleaguer

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

Full Definition of beleaguer

be·lea·gueredbe·lea·guer·ingplay \-g(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  besiege

  3. 2 :  trouble, harass <beleaguered parents> <an economically beleaguered city>

be·lea·guer·ment play \-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

Rhymes with beleaguer



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