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 obsolete : a seat of distinction : throne
2a : a military blockade of a city or fortified place to compel it to surrenderb : a persistent or serious attack (as of illness)
1 : to besiege militarily
2 : to pursue diligently or persistently
Examples of siege
The castle was built to withstand a siege.
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
Definition of siege
: the act of moving an army around a fortified place to capture it
: to attack militarily
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