- 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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And the Ukrainian army, slowly, uncertainly, but ineluctably, is closing in on this besieged ghost-town of a city.Shakeup In the Ukraine Rebel High Command
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Or as Joey, the sleazy, besieged used car salesman in Cadillac Man.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63
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Also, it seemed to him that the fort was besieged by wolves.White Fang
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Next morning, under cover of a thick fog, we besieged the city.The Shadow of a Crime
Gradually a feeling of security came over the besieged town.The Siege of Boston
Morrison's hotel, where he had engaged rooms, was besieged by callers.
- 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 besieged
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