besiege

verb
be·​siege | \ bi-ˈsēj How to pronounce besiege (audio) , 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

Synonyms for besiege

Synonyms

beleaguer, blockade, invest, leaguer [archaic]

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Examples of besiege in a Sentence

Customers have besieged the company with questions.

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There is a lot more to besieging a walled fortress than simply running around with ladders. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 Russian and Syrian warplanes would launch wave after wave of devastating airstrikes, before government forces besiege towns and cities, forcing residents to surrender or starve. Philip Issa, Fox News, "AP Explains: The looming, final battle for Syria's rebels," 31 Aug. 2018 Refracted through Lutie’s besieged consciousness, Harlem takes on a quality of Gothic horror. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Black and White, in Wind and Fog," 22 Feb. 2019 The Cambridge Analytica scandal is only the latest to besiege the social media giant in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional Testimony Will Mark a Stunning Reversal for the Facebook CEO," 9 Apr. 2018 Almost immediately, the Popular Film category was besieged by almost universal criticism from board members, actors, film critics, and the public (a.k.a. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Is There an Oscars "Popular Film" Category After All This Year?," 24 Feb. 2019 In the city, once besieged during the Civil War, schools and neighborhoods remained segregated through the 1960s. Emily Wagster Pettus, Fox News, "1959 racial slaying of Mississippi teen could get fresh look," 21 Aug. 2018 In recent years, the state’s coasts and waterways have been besieged by outbreaks of blue-green algae and red tide that have killed marine life and driven away tourists. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "New Florida Governor Moves Quickly With Supreme Court Pick, Environmental Plan," 10 Jan. 2019 Valve’s seemed a bit besieged the last few months, and even more so after the announcement of the Epic Games Store earlier this week. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive goes free-to-play, adds a battle royale mode called Danger Zone," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of besiege

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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besiege

verb

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

besiege

verb
be·​siege | \ bi-ˈsēj How to pronounce besiege (audio) \
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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