besiege


besiege

verb

Definition of BESIEGE

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]
Phrases lay siege to
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>
Related Words bludge [chiefly Australian & New Zealand], cadge, mooch, sponge; ask, desire, invoke, request, sue; claim, coerce, command, compel, demand, force, insist, require

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