An example of beleaguer is to cause stress to an ex wife by threatening to not pay child support unless she agrees to several demands.
- to besiege by encircling, as with an army
- to beset, as with difficulties; harass
Origin of beleaguerDutch belegeren, to besiege ; from be-, around + legeren, to camp ; from leger (akin to lair), a camp
transitive verbbe·lea·guered, be·lea·guer·ing, be·lea·guers
- To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems.
- To surround with troops; besiege: The enemy beleaguered the enclave.
Origin of beleaguerProbably Dutch belegeren : be-, around (from Middle Dutch bie; see ambhi in Indo-European roots) + leger, camp; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present beleaguers, present participle beleaguering, simple past and past participle beleaguered)