Definition of besiege
Examples of besiege in a Sentence
Customers have besieged the company with questions.
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The Philippines has faced a Muslim insurgency in the country’s south for decades, and Manila has been on edge since government forces began battling Islamic militants who besieged the southern city of Marawi.
In a secret recording obtained by el Nuevo Herald Venezuelan generals discuss using snipers against protesters in the ongoing anti-government unrest that has besieged the country for almost six weeks.
In what could become a key battle, government forces are pushing toward Deir Ezzor, a city about 140 kilometers (85 miles) southeast of Raqqa, which has been besieged by the jihadists since 2015, and also offers control of the frontier with Iraq.
The militants who have besieged much of a southern Philippine city over the past week include foreign fighters and local gunmen who want to establish a regional branch of the Islamic State group, the military said Tuesday.
Military chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the extremists had planned to set besieged Marawi entirely ablaze in a bid to project ISIS' influence.
In 1999, Ferrer and Ruben González canceled a show in Miami that was besieged by advance exile protests.
Late in the 19th century, America was besieged by grave problems: rising economic inequality, violent labor struggles, deep conflicts over immigration and race.
Like Markels, Martin was besieged by controversy over his out-of-the-lab approach.
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First Known Use of besiege
BESIEGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of besiege for English Language Learners
: to surround a city, building, etc., with soldiers and try to take control of it
: to gather around (someone) in a way that is aggressive, annoying, etc.
: to overwhelm (someone) with too many questions or requests for things
BESIEGE Defined for Kids
Definition of besiege for Students
1 : to surround with armed forces for the purpose of capturing The army besieged the castle.
2 : to crowd around The movie star was besieged by photographers.
3 : to overwhelm with questions or requests … the monks around me besieged me with eager questions … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee
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