beleaguer[bē lē′gər, bi-]
- The definition of beleaguer means to harass with several issues.
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)