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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The Warriors, besieged by injuries, lost to the Toronto Raptors in the Finals. Arash Markazi, latimes.com, "Anthony Davis and Patrick Beverley proved their team-first commitments," 3 July 2019 Many of the right’s adversaries on the left, in contrast, were scattered and isolated, besieged by trolls and bigots with little public or financial support. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 The strategy prevents the concentration of poverty and helps projects win approval from local governments that might otherwise be besieged by not-in-my-back-yard complaints. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole’s Warley Park — is this the new model for homeless housing?," 27 June 2019 Built in the eighth century, this UNESCO World Heritage site has been attacked and besieged, but rarely captured—perhaps due to the quicksand that surrounds the fortress at low tide! National Geographic, "France Family Journey: From Paris to Normandy and Beyond," 17 June 2019 This kind of ballista dates back to 399 BCE, when King Dionysius of Syracuse besieged a walled town called Motya located on the island of Sicily. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 The food on Crete is excellent, but less expected, derived more from shepherds’ labors, goat and lamb, than from fishermen’s (the island, it is said, was besieged for too long to allow the development of a normal fishing fleet). Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019 While many cities are besieged by a crusade of globalization, the best way to champion oddity is to celebrate it. Giulia Barcaro, National Geographic, "Meet the local legends of this Italian town by the sea," 3 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of besiege

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of besiege was in the 13th century

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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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