be·siege | \bi-ˈsēj, bē-\
besieged; besieging

Definition of besiege 

transitive verb

1 military : to surround with armed forces The army had besieged the castle.

2a : to press with requests : importune besieging the royal ministers with petitions …— T. B. Costain besieged by the media

b : to cause worry or distress to : beset doubts besieged him

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Other Words from besiege

besieger noun

Examples of besiege in a Sentence

Customers have besieged the company with questions.

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Farther south over the weekend, police were summoned near Tampa to escort Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi from a theater where she’d been besieged by hecklers. Gary Thompson,, "How Mister Rogers got pulled into the Sarah Huckabee Sanders/Red Hen debate," 26 June 2018 The documentary recounts Ammons' story and explores claims that the home where the family once lived was besieged by more than 200 demons. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "Zak Bagans’ ‘Demon House’ movie set in Indiana home warns ‘View at your own risk’," 12 Mar. 2018 The government besieged eastern Ghouta before waging a crushing military offensive. Sarah El Deeb, Fox News, "Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive," 21 June 2018 The high during the period came in 1998, when the cities were besieged by 438 slayings. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Bay Area homicides plunge to historic lows in first half of 2018," 6 July 2018 On occasion, protesters have besieged the homes of presidential underlings, such as Karl Rove, George W. Bush's political strategist, who once looked out his living room window to find several hundred protesters on his lawn. Author: Paul Schwartzman, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "'Viciousness': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies," 9 July 2018 The team now besieged with media began the season receiving regular coverage only from the student newspaper (the Loyola Phoenix). Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "'Two little kids' from Overland Park epitomize charm and resolve of Loyola-Chicago | The Kansas City Star," 29 Mar. 2018 Saidi began writing the second part of the trilogy after a gunman claiming allegiance to ISIS besieged a kosher supermarket east of Paris in January 2015, killing five people. Time, "A Tale of Three Jihadists Puts the Fight Against Extremism Onstage," 14 June 2018 One White House official said Jackson is growing weary of a process that has been besieged from the start. The Washington Post,, "VA nominee Ronny Jackson considers withdrawing after allegations of professional misconduct," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of besiege

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of besiege

: 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


be·siege | \bi-ˈsēj \
besieged; besieging

Kids Definition of besiege

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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