besiege

verb
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

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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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 In 2010, the Dutch renovated Fort de Roovere, part of the earthworks erected to protect the Water Line when besieged. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Moses Bridge: The Netherlands' Bridge Under Troubled Water," 6 Aug. 2018 About 80 billion pounds of trash have accumulated at four official dumping sites, on the fringes of a capital already besieged by polluted air and toxic water, according to the supervisors of the dumps. New York Times, "‘The Dump Killed My Son’: Mountains of Garbage Engulf India’s Capital," 10 June 2018 Buy Photo Krissy Houser is one of many chronic pain patients who are feeling besieged by new government and insurance company policies limiting prescription opioids. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "Lost in the battle to create fewer new patients addicted to opioids: Longtime pain patients," 24 May 2018 Trump's remarks followed a week in which the White House was besieged by questions about a $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump predicts tax bill will help GOP in midterms," 5 May 2018 In a record year for female political contenders—and in the era of #MeToo—women on the trail are besieged by comments that go from sexist to scary. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "For Female Political Candidates, Sometimes the Biggest Threat Isn’t Losing an Election," 17 Sep. 2018 Yet the beast was besieged, covered by hundreds of feasting ticks of all life-stages. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US invaded by savage tick that sucks animals dry, spawns without mating," 8 Aug. 2018 Without question, Baltimore has been besieged by violent crime over the past few years. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "It's Not Just These Cops. It's Not Just Baltimore.," 9 Feb. 2018

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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 \
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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