siege

noun \ ˈsēj also ˈsēzh \

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)

siege

transitive verb
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



SIEGE Defined for English Language Learners

siege

noun

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

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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