verb \bi-ˈsēj, bē-\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to surround with armed forces
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 besieged the castle.
  2. Customers have besieged the company with questions.

First Known Use of BESIEGE

14th century

Related to BESIEGE

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


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