besiege

[bih-seej]
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verb (used with object), be·sieged, be·sieg·ing.
  1. to lay siege to.
  2. to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround: Vacationers besieged the travel office.
  3. to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.

Origin of besiege

First recorded in 1250–1300, besiege is from the Middle English word bysegen. See be-, siege
Related formsbe·siege·ment, nounbe·sieg·er, nounbe·sieg·ing·ly, adverbun·be·sieged, adjective

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besiege

verb (tr)
  1. to surround (a fortified area, esp a city) with military forces to bring about its surrender
  2. to crowd round; hem in
  3. to overwhelm, as with requests or queries
Derived Formsbesieger, noun
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Word Origin and History for besiege
v.

c.1300, from be- + siege. Related: Besieged; besieging.

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