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besiege

[bih-seej] /bɪˈsidʒ/
verb (used with object), besieged, besieging.
1.
to lay siege to.
2.
to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround:
Vacationers besieged the travel office.
3.
to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.
Origin of besiege
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English bysegen. See be-, siege
Related forms
besiegement, noun
besieger, noun
besiegingly, adverb
unbesieged, adjective
Synonyms
3. beset, pester, harass, harry, hound.
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  • There wasn't a screen at door or window, and soon after sundown we were besieged.

  • The Count replied that it was for the besieged to propose the terms.

  • These men started at dawn, but before that time Kassim had managed to open communications with the besieged Brown.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • So that the total of the army that besieged Rouen was, at least, 45,000 men.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • Yet, although they repulsed the enemy, the besieged sustained an important loss in that first assault.

    Rule of the Monk Giuseppe Garibaldi
British Dictionary definitions for besieged

besiege

/bɪˈsiːdʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to surround (a fortified area, esp a city) with military forces to bring about its surrender
2.
to crowd round; hem in
3.
to overwhelm, as with requests or queries
Derived Forms
besieger, noun
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Word Origin and History for besieged

besiege

v.

c.1300, from be- + siege. Related: Besieged; besieging.

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