verb (used with object)
- belaúnde terry, fernando,
Origin of beleaguer
Examples from the Web for beleaguer
Before God can make her in truth His own, make her verify her name, He will have to beleaguer and reduce her.The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)|George Adam Smith
They, however, continued to beleaguer the place, occasionally showing in great masses.Our Sailors|W.H.G. Kingston
In his tragedy of Ezelino, after the tyrant's downfall, a captain is sent to beleaguer Treviso, and reduce Ezelino's garrison.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first|Count Carlo Gozzi
For Edward took his army to beleaguer Calais, and after blockading it for nearly a year forced it to surrender.
Having pardoned their offences against ourselves, we went back to beleaguer Samarkand.The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
Word Origin for beleaguer
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.