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verb (used with object), be·sieged, be·sieg·ing.
  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

First recorded in 1250–1300, besiege is from the Middle English word bysegen. See be-, siege
Related formsbe·siege·ment, nounbe·sieg·er, nounbe·sieg·ing·ly, adverbun·be·sieged, adjective


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3. beset, pester, harass, harry, hound.
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Examples from the Web for besieger

Historical Examples

  • It seems that the besieger, the heroine of the story if you may call her so, had a past.

    In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

    Robert Barr

  • In fact, in Paris he has half promised the besieger not to say anything about her past.

  • The besieger of London, feeling that her game is up, leaves them together.

  • They were besieged, but in no danger for the time of a closer acquaintance with the besieger.

  • The zig-zags or tortuous trenches in the approach of a besieger.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for besieger


verb (tr)
  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 Formsbesieger, noun
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Word Origin and History for besieger



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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