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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.
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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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Examples from the Web for besieger

Historical Examples

  • It seems that the besieger, the heroine of the story if you may call her so, had a past.

    In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

    Robert Barr

  • In fact, in Paris he has half promised the besieger not to say anything about her past.

  • The besieger of London, feeling that her game is up, leaves them together.

  • They were besieged, but in no danger for the time of a closer acquaintance with the besieger.

  • The zig-zags or tortuous trenches in the approach of a besieger.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for besieger


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
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Derived Formsbesieger, noun
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Word Origin and History for besieger



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

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