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
The tough-talking Duterte issued his strongest warning yet to the local and foreign militants, whose stunning siege of Marawi has dragged on for nearly two weeks.
The unrest in Marawi has sparked fears that militants might attack elsewhere to divert the focus of thousands of troops trying to quell the siege.
The violence is unfolding amid a 10-day deadly siege by Muslim militants aligned to the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi.
One of the world’s last havens for fund managers is coming under siege.
The three-hour siege finally ended when police stormed the building and killed him.
Philippine forces now control most of a southern city where militants linked to ISIS launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago, authorities said Monday.
The discovery of the bodies underlined the civilian toll from the siege, with tens of thousands of residents fleeing the city and the military using aerial bombing and ground troops in an effort to drive the militants from their strongholds.
Some thought a Roman army had used Burnswark as an ancient firing range and training camp, while other researchers regarded the hill fort as the scene of a lengthy 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
First Known Use: 13th century
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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