beleaguer

[ bih-lee-ger ]
/ bɪˈli gər /
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verb (used with object)

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

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Origin of beleaguer

First recorded in 1580–90; be- + leaguer1

OTHER WORDS FROM beleaguer

be·lea·guer·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for beleaguer

beleaguer
/ (bɪˈliːɡə) /

verb (tr)

to trouble persistently; harass
to lay siege to

Word Origin for beleaguer

C16: from be- + leaguer 1
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