surrounded by military forces; besieged: The beleaguered city of Limerick, having stood to the last, finally capitulated to the forces of William of Orange.
beset, surrounded, or overburdened by troubles: Restoring our beleaguered oceans to health will require an emphasis on diversification and conservation, and more sensible fishing practices.
the simple past tense and past participle of beleaguer.
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How to use beleaguered in a sentence
The beleaguered electric vehicle startup is now being investigated by the Department of Justice, in addition to an ongoing investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.Department of Justice opens investigation into EV startup Lordstown Motors | Aria Alamalhodaei | July 2, 2021 | TechCrunch
With the federal government absent, it’s beleaguered state lawmakers versus a billion-dollar incentive to chase THC.
Hazaras have long faced discrimination and persecution in Afghanistan, and a renewed fear grips Farkhondeh’s increasingly victimized and beleaguered community."My Future Is Now." An Afghan Woman from a Threatened Minority Wrestles with What Happens When the U.S. Withdraws | Knox Thames | June 28, 2021 | Time
The most the Mets have managed to do is excite their beleaguered fan base at times with flashes of potential … only to immediately dash those hopes in increasingly farcical ways.
The early run support allowed Washington’s beleaguered bullpen a bit of room for error, but the combination of Tanner Rainey, Daniel Hudson and Austin Voth backed Corbin’s start with two scoreless innings.A team meeting, Patrick Corbin’s strong start and Josh Bell’s blast lift Nats over Phillies | Gene Wang | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
Lohse and his beleaguered fellow pledges were, he claims, forced to chug vinegar and to dine on the dreaded “vomlet.”
At the time, last March, the then-46-year-old Omidyar was being heralded as a patron saint of the financially beleaguered newsbiz.Journalists + eBay Billionaire = Chaos. The Troubles at Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media | Lloyd Grove | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Outgunned and beleaguered, he says, Iraqi army units in Anbar are beginning to collapse.
Having finally re-joined the main body of the Ukrainian forces, the beleaguered defenders of Sector D were evacuated.Ukrainian Troops Retreat From Russian Border, Leaving 100 Kilometers Open to Invasion | Pierre Vaux | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Taken together, it gives them a huge tactical advantage over the beleaguered Ukrainian armed forces.Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say | Josh Rogin | April 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Groups of hundreds of non-combatants were hurrying off from the beleaguered insurgent capital.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Thus the sun set on Rome beleaguered, the barbarians outside the City.Theodoric the Goth | Thomas Hodgkin
In the meantime the risen sun has burned a way through the fog, splendoring a part of the beleaguered city.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
At last she was on her way to the relief of the beleaguered city; there was no room for misgiving in her faithful heart.A Heroine of France | Evelyn Everett-Green
He defeated the enemy and carried away the beleaguered garrison with all the women and children.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year | Edwin Emerson