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 On Thursday, a group of assembly members introduced a raft of bills to reform and monitor the state’s beleaguered Employment Development Department. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "California lawmakers seek sweeping EDD reforms, fraud-fighting funds," 4 Feb. 2021 Filling out his Cabinet, Biden chose Judge Merrick Garland, whose Supreme Court nomination Republicans blocked in 2016, to be attorney general, placing the task of repairing a beleaguered Justice Department in the hands of a centrist judge. Michael D. Shear And Jim Tankersley,, "Biden denounces storming of Capitol as a ‘dark moment’ in nation’s history," 6 Jan. 2021 For many enterprising chefs, offering meals for four to go became a welcome income blip and a relief to beleaguered families dealing with working and schooling at home. Beth D'addono,, "New Orleans bars and restaurants react to a rugged 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Fear of the coronavirus will likely be responsible for the biggest drop in Thanksgiving holiday travel by Southern Californians since the Great Recession of 2008, dealing another blow to already beleaguered travel industries. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Thanksgiving travel will be light, with most Southern Californians driving," 12 Nov. 2020 YouTube is rolling out a new feature called Shorts, which is a direct competitor to beleaguered TikTok. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Loo with a view: Would you dare to use Tokyo’s transparent public toilets?," 15 Sep. 2020 The cannabis industry's performance during the pandemic that has lent credence to a growing notion within the industry that cannabis may be recession-proof and could be a boon to beleaguered budgets. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Why more states could legalize cannabis in 2021," 24 June 2020 Smith posted a 4-1 record as the starter, and Washington leads the beleaguered NFC East with a 6-7 record. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Dwayne Haskins will get another shot as Washington Football Team's starting QB, subbing for Alex Smith on Sunday," 18 Dec. 2020 Parking spaces became ad hoc dining rooms for beleaguered restaurants. John King,, "As we kept our distance from one another, our public spaces revealed their new uses," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of beleaguered

1644, in the meaning defined above

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23 Feb 2021

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“Beleaguered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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