verb be·siege \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
BESIEGING Defined for Kids


verb be·siege \bi-ˈsēj\

Definition of BESIEGE for Kids

:  to surround with armed forces for the purpose of capturing <The army besieged the castle.>
:  to crowd around <The movie star was besieged by photographers.>
:  to overwhelm with questions or requests <… the monks around me besieged me with eager questions … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>


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