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siege

noun \ ˈsēj also ˈsēzh \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of siege

1 obsolete : a seat of distinction : throne
2 a : a military blockade of a city or fortified place to compel it to surrender
b : a persistent or serious attack (as of illness)
lay siege to
1 : to besiege militarily
2 : to pursue diligently or persistently

Examples of siege in a Sentence

  1. The castle was built to withstand a siege.

  2. The city is in a state of siege.

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Origin and Etymology of siege

Middle English sege, from Anglo-French, seat, blockade, from Old French *siegier to seat, settle, from Vulgar Latin *sedicare, from Latin sedēre to sit — more at sit


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siege

verb

Definition of siege

sieged; sieging
transitive verb
: to lay siege to : to attack militarily : besiege
  • Insurgents rampaged through the countryside, sacked haciendas and mills, occupied small towns, and sieged the largest cities, Cusco and La Paz.
  • —Sergio Serulnikov

First Known Use of siege

14th century



SIEGE Defined for Kids

siege

noun \ ˈsēj \

Definition of siege for Students

: the act of moving an army around a fortified place to capture it
lay siege to
: to attack militarily


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