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beleaguer

[ bih-lee-ger ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to surround with military forces.
  2. to surround or beset, as with troubles.

    Synonyms: hector, plague, annoy, vex, badger, pester, harass, bother



beleaguer

/ bɪˈliːɡə /

verb

  1. to trouble persistently; harass
  2. to lay siege to


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Other Words From

  • be·lea·guer·er noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of beleaguer1

First recorded in 1580–90; be- + leaguer 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of beleaguer1

C16: from be- + leaguer 1
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Example Sentences

They weren’t so rosy, however, about how the program’s been rolled out and unintended consequences it has had on the already beleaguered private childcare industry.

Not only is it beginning to push the already beleaguered childcare industry to a breaking point, but some feel its rollout at San Diego Unified hasn’t been ideal.

It comes obviously from a sense of people’s own histories of being beleaguered and having their dignity removed.

A lack of chips, computer not tortilla, is wreaking havoc on the already beleaguered restaurant and bar industry, the latest victim of a pandemic-induced worldwide shortage that has disrupted the manufacturing of smartphones, cars and more.

IRS staffingTaxpayers will face more frustration because the IRS workforce is beleaguered.

And yet I cannot think that any Scottish or French rovers could land in such force as to beleaguer the fortalice.

Somehow that seemed to make her matter less, and Dodo had not at present made any determined effort to beleaguer her.

For Edward took his army to beleaguer Calais, and after blockading it for nearly a year forced it to surrender.

The bold beleaguer'd post the hero gains, And the hard siege with various fate sustains.

In his tragedy of Ezelino, after the tyrant's downfall, a captain is sent to beleaguer Treviso, and reduce Ezelino's garrison.

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