besiege

verb be·siege \ bi-ˈsēj , bē- \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018
besieged; besieging
1 military : to surround with armed forces
  • The army had besieged the castle.
2 a : 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

besieger

noun

Examples of besiege in a Sentence

  1. Customers have besieged the company with questions.

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First Known Use of besiege

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BESIEGE Defined for English Language Learners

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 Defined for Kids

besiege

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