Before God can make her in truth His own, make her verify her name, He will have to beleaguer and reduce her.
In his tragedy of Ezelino, after the tyrant's downfall, a captain is sent to beleaguer Treviso, and reduce Ezelino's garrison.
And yet I cannot think that any Scottish or French rovers could land in such force as to beleaguer the fortalice.
Somehow that seemed to make her matter less, and Dodo had not at present made any determined effort to beleaguer her.
Make a detour through some pass, forestall your foes, beleaguer them, protect our troops!
For Edward took his army to beleaguer Calais, and after blockading it for nearly a year forced it to surrender.
Should we have to beleaguer it we may count upon some help from within.'
They, however, continued to beleaguer the place, occasionally showing in great masses.
Having pardoned their offences against ourselves, we went back to beleaguer Samarkand.
1580s, from Dutch or Low German belegeren "to besiege," from be- "around" (see be-) + legeren "to camp," from leger "bed, camp, army, lair," from Proto-Germanic *leg-raz-, from PIE *legh-to- "lie" (see lie (v.2)). A word from the Flemish Wars (cf. Swedish belägra, Dutch belegeren "besiege," German Belagerung "siege"). Spelling influenced by league. Related: Beleaguered; beleaguering.