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siege

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noun \ˈsēj also ˈsēzh\

Simple Definition of siege

  • : 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

  1. 1 obsolete :  a seat of distinction :  throne

  2. 2a :  a military blockade of a city or fortified place to compel it to surrenderb :  a persistent or serious attack (as of illness)

siege transitive verb
lay siege to
  1. 1 :  to besiege militarily

  2. 2 :  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



SIEGE Defined for Kids

siege

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noun \ˈsēj\

Definition of siege

  1. :  the act of moving an army around a fortified place to capture it

lay siege to
  1. :  to attack militarily





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