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.
A siege of illness.
The invaders sieged the castle.
A siege of asthma.
To th'vpper part, where was aduaunced hye / A stately siege of soueraigne maiestye; / And thereon sat a woman gorgeous gay [...].
- to subject to a siege; attempt to win, gain, overcome, etc.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of siege
- Middle English sege from Old French seat from Vulgar Latin sedicum from sedicāre to sit from Latin sedēre sed- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition