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Synonyms and Antonyms of besiege

  1. 1 to surround (as a fortified place) with armed forces for the purpose of capturing or preventing commerce and communication <armies besieged the city for six months before it finally surrendered> Synonyms beleaguer, blockade, invest, leaguer [archaic] Related Words barricade, block, cut off, dam, encircle; assail, assault, attack, beset; confine, insulate, isolate, quarantine Phrases lay siege to Near Antonyms emancipate, free, liberate, release, rescue

  2. 2 to cause persistent suffering to <a family besieged by worries about the faltering economy> Synonyms agonize, anguish, bedevil, beset, afflict, curse, excruciate, harrow, persecute, plague, rack, torment, tortureRelated Words assail, attack; badger, dog, hound, pursue, ride; aggravate, agitate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, distress, disturb, exasperate, gall, get, grate, gripe, hagride, harass, harry, irk, irritate, molest, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put out, rasp, rile, vex; discomfort, discompose, disquiet, fluster, grieve, perturb, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry; crush, oppress, overpower, overwhelm, smite, strike, tyrannize, victimize; hurt, pain, pang, prick, smart, stab, sting, wring; martyrNear Antonyms abet, aid, assist, help; deliver, release, relieve, reprieve; comfort, console, content, quiet, solace, soothe, succor

  3. 3 to make a request to (someone) in an earnest or urgent manner <bereaved parents continued to besiege the president with pleas to end the war> Synonyms appeal (to), beseech, beg, conjure, entreat, impetrate, implore, importune, petition, plead (to), pray, solicit, supplicateRelated Words bludge [chiefly Australian & New Zealand], cadge, mooch, sponge; ask, desire, invoke, request, sue; claim, coerce, command, compel, demand, force, insist, requireNear Antonyms hint, imply, intimate, suggest; appease, conciliate, gratify, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, please, satisfy; comfort, console, content, quiet

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