Besiege definition

bĭ-sēj
To overwhelm, harass, or beset.

Besieged with queries.

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To harass or overwhelm, as with requests.

A shop owner besieged by job applications.

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The definition of besiege is to surround, crowd around or overwhelm.

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.

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To beset or surround with armed forces for the purpose of compelling to surrender, to lay siege to, beleaguer.
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(figuratively) To beleaguer, lay siege to, beset.
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To assail or ply, as with requests or demands.
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To hem in with armed forces, esp. for a sustained attack; lay siege to.
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To surround with hostile forces.

The soldiers besieged the walled city.

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To crowd around; hem in.

Fans besieged the star as she came out of the hotel.

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To close in on; crowd around.
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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