be·​lea·​guered | \ bi-ˈlē-gərd How to pronounce beleaguered (audio) , bē- \

Definition of beleaguered

: suffering or being subjected to constant or repeated trouble or harassment an economically beleaguered city With its life-support system cut off, the beleaguered college has embarked on a tortuous campaign to keep going.— Lucinda Harper … as he evolved from conformist to opportunist to reformer to revolutionary to beleaguered leader.— Philip Taubman

Examples of beleaguered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s according to data compiled on wagers on the fate of the beleaguered president placed by bettors from around the globe in the past 24 hours. Eric J. Lyman, Fortune, "As Trump’s Impeachment Odds Double, Betting Spikes Around the World," 25 Sep. 2019 Making xenotransplants survive The genome editor CRISPR is reinvigorating the beleaguered field of xenotransplantation, which aims to surgically replace human organs or tissues with ones harvested from animals such as pigs. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, "The science stories likely to make headlines in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 The Nuggets did handle the beleaguered Blazers on TNT when Carmelo Anthony returned on Dec. 12. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets journal: Five New Year’s resolutions that could raise Denver’s profile," 28 Dec. 2019 Andrew Digby, kakapo science adviser to the New Zealand government, is on a mission to save the beleaguered bird. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Can tech save the kakapo, New Zealand's 'gorgeous, hilarious' parrot?," 26 Dec. 2019 The beleaguered Joseph might be guilty of exaggerating, but don’t just take his word for it. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "With starting Pro Bowl nod, Cardinals' Budda Baker has earned respect from his NFL peers," 21 Dec. 2019 Trump did meet, however, with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, in the Oval Office, bewildering Ukrainians: Lavrov is not even a head of state or government, and Ukraine is a beleaguered American ally. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Ukraine and Us," 19 Dec. 2019 Waiver wire claim from beleaguered Arizona, Tramaine Brock, started opposite Logan Ryan last week. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Titans Q&A with Tom Gower," 13 Dec. 2019 Harry Potter was born on July 31, 1980, too soon to be a digital native and therefore more plausibly, as a beleaguered tween, offline. Jason Kehe, Wired, "Harry Potter and the Curse of Technology," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of beleaguered

1644, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jan 2020

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“Beleaguered.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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