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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besieger noun

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Examples of besiege in a Sentence

Customers have besieged the company with questions.
Recent Examples on the Web For nearly four decades, Koch Industries has spent its time quashing the labor movement, besieging the environment, and stealing oil from the Osage Indians in Oklahoma. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, "Oligarch of the Month: Charles Koch," 28 Aug. 2019 In 2019, men feeling thwarted and besieged is a bipartisan experience. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Live Like Joe Rogan," 19 Aug. 2019 Hong Kong protesters besieged a police station and a subway stop on Friday in continuing defiance despite the government’s promise to kill a proposed law that sparked months of demonstrations in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. Kin Cheung,, "Protests continue in Hong Kong despite government’s promise to kill a proposed law that sparked months of demonstrations," 6 Sep. 2019 Star Street fell into decline, particularly after Bethlehem, a small town of 25,000 in the West Bank, was besieged by Israeli troops at the height of the Second Intifada (or Palestinian uprising) in 2002. Time, "Bethlehem Is Gearing Up for Its Busiest Christmas in Years. But the Town Is Also Worried," 19 Dec. 2019 And a kind of obsidional fever, that’s to say the feeling of being besieged from everywhere. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron in his own words (English)," 7 Nov. 2019 Late last week, Harvard Pilgrim, besieged with questions from me, reversed course and agreed to cover the $2,879., "A month later, she got a bill for $2,879.," 14 Oct. 2019 Angry crowds and farmers on tractors besieged the Fed; the keys to cars that dealers could not sell were sent to him in the mail. The Economist, "Obituary: Paul Volcker died on December 8th," 12 Dec. 2019 Madore’s comments came after Orange Line passengers were besieged by breakdowns and service interruptions earlier last week, and a Globe Spotlight series on the region’s transportation crisis., "“I think people are boiling over with frustration,” she said Friday.," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of besiege

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Besiege.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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