- An example of a siege is when the police surround a building occupied with armed robbers and try to get the robbers to surrender.
- An example of a siege is a long string of illnesses.
The definition of a siege is a military or police operation when an area is surrounded to get people to surrender, or a long period of bad luck or misfortune.
- the encirclement of a fortified place by an opposing armed force intending to take it, usually by blockade and bombardment
- any persistent attempt to gain control, overcome opposition, etc.
- ⌂ a long, distressing or wearying period: a siege of illness
Origin of siegeME sege < OFr < VL *sedicum < *sedicare, to set < L sedere, to sitObs. a seat; throne
Origin of siegeMiddle English sege ; from Old French siege, aphetic ; from an unverified form assiege ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form absedium, for Classical Latin obsidium, siege, blockade, ambush ; from obsidere, to besiege ; from ob-, against + sedere, to sit
lay siege to
to subject to a siege; attempt to win, gain, overcome, etc.
- The surrounding and blockading of a city, town, or fortress by an army attempting to capture it.
- A prolonged period, as of illness: a siege of asthma.
- Obsolete A seat, especially a throne.
transitive verbsieged sieged, sieg·ing, sieg·es
To subject to a siege; besiege: The invaders sieged the castle.
Origin of siegeMiddle English sege, from Old French, seat, from Vulgar Latin *sedicum, from *sedicāre, to sit, from Latin sedēre; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii:
- To th'vpper part, where was aduaunced hye / A stately siege of soueraigne maiestye; / And thereon sat a woman gorgeous gay [...].
- The seat of a heron while looking out for prey; a flock of heron.
(third-person singular simple present sieges, present participle sieging, simple past and past participle sieged)