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noun \ˈsēj also ˈsēzh\

: a situation in which soldiers or police officers surround a city, building, etc., in order to try to take control of it

: a serious and lasting attack of something

Full Definition of SIEGE

obsolete :  a seat of distinction :  throne
a :  a military blockade of a city or fortified place to compel it to surrender
b :  a persistent or serious attack (as of illness)
siege transitive verb
lay siege to
:  to besiege militarily
:  to pursue diligently or persistently

Examples of SIEGE

  1. The castle was built to withstand a siege.
  2. The city is in a state of siege.

Origin of SIEGE

Middle English sege, from Anglo-French, seat, blockade, from Old French *siegier to seat, settle, from Vulgar Latin *sedicare, from Latin sedēre to sit — more at sit
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with SIEGE

LAY SIEGE TO Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsēj\

Definition of SIEGE for Kids

:  the act of moving an army around a fortified place to capture it
lay siege to
:  to attack militarily


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