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besiege

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verb be·siege \bi-ˈsēj, bē-\

Simple Definition of besiege

  • : to surround a city, building, etc., with soldiers and try to take control of it

  • : to gather around (someone) in a way that is aggressive, annoying, etc.

  • : to overwhelm (someone) with too many questions or requests for things

Full Definition of besiege

be·siegedbe·sieg·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to surround with armed forces

  3. 2 a :  to press with requests :  importune b :  to cause worry or distress to :  beset <doubts besieged him>

be·sieg·er noun

Examples of besiege

  1. The army beseiged the castle.

  2. Customers have besieged the company with questions.



14th Century

First Known Use of besiege

14th century


BESIEGE Defined for Kids

besiege

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verb be·siege \bi-ˈsēj\

Definition of besiege

be·siegedbe·sieg·ing

  1. 1 :  to surround with armed forces for the purpose of capturing <The army besieged the castle.>

  2. 2 :  to crowd around <The movie star was besieged by photographers.>

  3. 3 :  to overwhelm with questions or requests <… the monks around me besieged me with eager questions … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>





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