besiege

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verb be·siege \bi-ˈsēj, bē-\

Definition of besiege

besieged

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besieging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 military :  to surround with armed forces The army had besieged the castle.

  3. 2a :  to press with requests :  importune besieging the royal ministers with petitions … — T. B. Costain besieged by the mediab :  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


BESIEGE Defined for English Language Learners

besiege

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Definition of besiege for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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verb be·siege \bi-ˈsēj\

Definition of besiege for Students

besieged

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besieging

  1. 1 :  to surround with armed forces for the purpose of capturing The army besieged the castle.

  2. 2 :  to crowd around The movie star was besieged by photographers.

  3. 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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