Besiege Definition

besieged, besieges, besieging
besieged, besieges, besieging
To surround with hostile forces.
The soldiers besieged the walled city.
American Heritage
To hem in with armed forces, esp. for a sustained attack; lay siege to.
Webster's New World
To crowd around; hem in.
Fans besieged the star as she came out of the hotel.
American Heritage
To close in on; crowd around.
Webster's New World
To harass or overwhelm, as with requests.
A shop owner besieged by job applications.
American Heritage

Origin of Besiege

  • Middle English besegen probably alteration of assegen from Old French assegier from Vulgar Latin assedicāre Latin ad- ad- Vulgar Latin sedicāre to sit siege

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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