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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besieger noun

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Examples of besiege in a Sentence

Customers have besieged the company with questions.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2018 a record 10 million visitors, three-quarters of them foreign tourists, besieged the joint: up 25 percent on the previous year, and more than triple the attendance of the Centre Pompidou or the Musée d’Orsay. Jason Farago, New York Times, "It’s Time to Take Down the Mona Lisa," 6 Nov. 2019 In recent years, radio stations around the country have been besieged by callers demanding that the holiday staple be yanked off their Christmas playlists. NBC News, "The lyrics of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' have been updated by John Legend for the #MeToo generation," 29 Oct. 2019 People are increasingly besieged at work by interruptions through email, messaging apps, social media and in-person encounters. Elana Feldman, The Conversation, "People are increasingly interrupted at work, but it’s not all bad," 3 Oct. 2019 Over the past year, unknown attackers using the Ryuk strain have besieged small municipalities and technology and logistics companies, demanding ransoms up to $5 million, according to the FBI. Ars Technica, "The Extortion Economy: Insurance companies and the rise in ransomware attacks," 27 Aug. 2019 Over the past year, unknown attackers using the Ryuk strain have besieged small municipalities and technology and logistics companies, demanding ransoms up to $5 million, according to the FBI. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Extortion Economy: How Insurance Companies Are Fueling a Rise in Ransomware Attacks," 27 Aug. 2019 John, Paul, George and Ringo spend 36 wild hours in London, besieged by exuberant fans. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 China, the world’s largest ivory consumer, banned its domestic trade starting this year in what conservationists hope will relieve pressure on Africa’s besieged elephant populations. Washington Post, "Giant crackdown against wildlife crime in 92 countries," 20 June 2018 But Arnold reached Quebec with enough men to besiege the city. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold’ and ‘Turncoat’ Review: His Own Worst Enemy," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of besiege

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Nov 2019

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“Besiege.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/besieges. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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besiege

verb
How to pronounce besiege (audio)

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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