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
Related formsbe·siege·ment, nounbe·sieg·er, nounbe·sieg·ing·ly, adverbun·be·sieged, adjective

Synonyms for besiege Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for besiegers

Contemporary Examples of besiegers

Historical Examples of besiegers

  • But this cannot be, for he says expressly that he was one of the besiegers.


    James Anthony Froude

  • If he were once in command of that knoll, the besiegers at its foot would be forced to retire.



  • If a gun was fired from the Alamo, one of the besiegers was sure to fall.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • The besiegers were gathering; the world was watching, expectant of the grimmer struggle.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • The French artillery was very powerful and, at times, overpowered that of the besiegers.

British Dictionary definitions for besiegers


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 besiegers



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper