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besiege

[ bih-seej ]
/ bɪˈsidʒ /
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verb (used with object), be·sieged, be·sieg·ing.

to lay siege to.
to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround: Vacationers besieged the travel office.
to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.

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Origin of besiege

First recorded in 1250–1300, besiege is from the Middle English word bysegen.See be-, siege

OTHER WORDS FROM besiege

be·siege·ment, nounbe·sieg·er, nounbe·sieg·ing·ly, adverbun·be·sieged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for besiege

besiege
/ (bɪˈsiːdʒ) /

verb (tr)

to surround (a fortified area, esp a city) with military forces to bring about its surrender
to crowd round; hem in
to overwhelm, as with requests or queries

Derived forms of besiege

besieger, noun
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