- to surround with military forces.
- to surround or beset, as with troubles.
Origin of beleaguer
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Examples from the Web for beleaguering
The winter settled after that with a beleaguering of steeps and broken levels under a blockade of stark hardship.The Roof Tree
Charles Neville Buck
Had it been otherwise, there would have been no beleaguering of girls in forts, and Canada would have lost a pretty story.A Historical Geography of the British Colonies
Charles Prestwood Lucas
The beleaguering force outside the fort, he said, must outnumber ours two to one.In the Valley
He had to learn how great was the scientific skill and resource of Maurice in the art of beleaguering.History of Holland
Every wall had its "military engines capable of playing on the siege-works of the beleaguering army."Constantinople
William Holden Hutton
- to trouble persistently; harass
- to lay siege to
Word Origin and History for beleaguering
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.