verb (used with object), be·sieged, be·sieg·ing.
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Origin of besiege
OTHER WORDS FROM besiegebe·siege·ment, nounbe·sieg·er, nounbe·sieg·ing·ly, adverbun·be·sieged, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for besiege
President Grant called in the military to defend the US Capitol, but it was not ultimately besieged.
Travelers returning from virus-besieged cruise ships were escalating demands for rapid test results in Atlanta.The CDC’s failed race against covid-19: A threat underestimated and a test overcomplicated|David Willman|December 26, 2020|Washington Post
For a nation ravaged by the pandemic, this week marks a pivotal moment — the final push by federal regulators to clear the first experimental coronavirus vaccine for a besieged populace.Countdown to America’s first coronavirus vaccine: What to watch this critical week|Laurie McGinley|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
In the next hour, the besieged and their friends would be violently evicted with no graphic evidence left other than that taken by the police.A hunger strike in San Isidro, the protest that does not let Havana sleep|Maykel González Vivero|November 30, 2020|Washington Blade
The company, reeling from the hit to air travel from the coronavirus pandemic, is trying to get its besieged 737 Max plane back into the air after two fatal crashes saw it grounded around the world.
The people in charge of the convoys distributed the hejab to the besieged women along with the cartons of food.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil|Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And late Friday night there were more strikes on outlying areas of the besieged city now mostly empty of civilians.Impotent U.S. Airstrikes, Passive Turks and an ISIS Triumph|Jamie Dettmer|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During the ensuing years, Mandelbaum was besieged by a series of illnesses.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss|J. North Conway|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the Ukrainian army, slowly, uncertainly, but ineluctably, is closing in on this besieged ghost-town of a city.
Or as Joey, the sleazy, besieged used car salesman in Cadillac Man.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Age after age, this same prayer, in different forms, had besieged the throne of heaven.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird
When Castelleone was besieged by the Venetians, Onorata led her band thither and was victorious in the defence of her birthplace.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
Crowds then besieged the Reichsbank in order to get its notes converted into gold.
Once before in thy history, ere the first time thou wast made God's own hearth, thou hadst to be besieged.The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)|George Adam Smith
Caratach and Hengo, the uncle and nephew, are besieged on a rock by the Romans, and reduced to extremity by hunger.