Definition of siege
1 obsolete : a seat of distinction : throne
2a : a military blockade of a city or fortified place to compel it to surrenderb : 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
The castle was built to withstand a siege.
The city is in a state of siege.
Recent Examples of siege from the Web
And now her successor, Temer, is under siege as the lower house of Congress decides whether he should be suspended and put on trial.
Their Protestant voters feel under siege, and any gain made by Catholics is experienced as a loss for them.
Iraqi soldiers maintaining a siege prevent aid workers from getting food to those inside.
Ancestral territories have been under cruel and unusual siege.
Among the highest-profile incidents that have left the local real-estate industry feeling under siege: unprecedented federal monitoring of shell companies buying pricey homes in cash.
Among the highest-profile incidents that have left the local real estate industry feeling under siege: unprecedented federal monitoring of shell companies buying pricey homes in cash.
In November 1775, as the British held Boston under siege, James Warren wrote to Adams, a friend and delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, urging him to give up on trying to reconcile with George III.
Auburn's Dr. Danielle Willkens was watching developments there carefully on a yearlong fellowship to study cultural heritage sites and landscapes under siege on the islands of Iceland, Cuba and Japan.
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SIEGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of siege for English Language Learners
: a situation in which soldiers or police officers surround a city, building, etc., in order to try to take control of it
: a serious and lasting attack of something
SIEGE Defined for Kids
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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