- When you storm a castle with armed forces and surround the castle, this is an example of a time when you besiege.
- When you harass and bombard someone with questions, this is an example of a time when you besiege.
The definition of besiege is to surround, crowd around or overwhelm.
- to hem in with armed forces, esp. for a sustained attack; lay siege to
- to close in on; crowd around
- to overwhelm, harass, or beset: besieged with queries
Origin of besiegeMiddle English bisegen ; from be-, be- + segen, to lay siege to ; from sege, seat, siege
transitive verbbe·sieged, be·sieg·ing, be·sieg·es
- To surround with hostile forces: The soldiers besieged the walled city.
- To crowd around; hem in: Fans besieged the star as she came out of the hotel.
- To harass or overwhelm, as with requests: a shop owner besieged by job applications.
Origin of besiegeMiddle English besegen, probably alteration of assegen, from Old French assegier, from Vulgar Latin *assedicare : Latin ad-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *sedicare, to sit; see siege.
(third-person singular simple present besieges, present participle besieging, simple past and past participle besieged)