- to lay siege to.
- to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround: Vacationers besieged the travel office.
- to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.
Origin of besiege
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3. beset, pester, harass, harry, hound.
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Examples from the Web for besiege
Antony of Bourbon headed an army of the Catholics to besiege the city.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
So it was with Montgomery, for he was enabled to besiege the fort in both ways.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
With what passion, what entreaties, what tears did she besiege the throne!A Handful of Stars
Frank W. Boreham
I first besiege their hearts with flattery, and then pour in my proposals at the breach.The Vicar of Wakefield
Notwithstanding the strength of the fortress, William resolved to besiege it.The Huguenots in France
- to surround (a fortified area, esp a city) with military forces to bring about its surrender
- to crowd round; hem in
- to overwhelm, as with requests or queries
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Word Origin and History for besiege
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