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.

Origin of besiege

First recorded in 1250–1300, besiege is from the Middle English word bysegen. See be-, siege
SYNONYMS FOR besiege
Related formsbe·siege·ment, nounbe·sieg·er, nounbe·sieg·ing·ly, adverbun·be·sieged, adjective
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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 Formsbesieger, noun
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Word Origin and History for besieger

besiege


v.

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

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